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Texas Alliance for Retired Americans LTR to Cummings

Texas Alliance for Retired Americans LTR to Cummings

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Published by ProgressTX
Statement on how well Texas navigators work
Statement on how well Texas navigators work

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 Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 2471 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 December 16, 2013 Dear Representative Cummings, My name is Gene Lantz, and I am the President of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans. We are a non-profit, grassroots organization representing over 121,500 retired Texans. I write to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today to provide an official statement on  behalf of my organization for the December 16, 2013 field hearing in Richardson, Texas entitled, “Obamacare Implementation: Who are the Navigators.” We take exception to this hearing that attempts to discredit the law by focusing on a few snafus of the implementation process rather than focusing on Texas’ decision to not participate in the Medicaid expansion. This decision will deny coverage to between 1.4 and 1.7 million eligible uninsured Texans and harm rural hospitals and inner-city health care facilities that heavily depend on Medicaid dollars. While the initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act may have gotten off to a rocky start, it does not take away from the essence of the law. The Affordable Care Act was designed to  provide insurance coverage for 34 million uninsured Americans, including 4,888,642 million uninsured Texans; to ensure adequate coverage for the underinsured and curb insurance company abuses. The new health care law significantly improves conditions for millions of Texans who had chronic illnesses or preexisting conditions that made them ineligible for medical insurance and for others with inadequate or limited insurance coverage that did not cover their basic needs. The measure also provides protections to seniors under the Medicare program by providing coverage for preventive services free of copayments or deductibles and drug assistance for those who fall in the doughnut hole. Since inception of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Texas seniors have already saved $421M on their prescriptions. In 2012 alone, 1,795,711 Texas seniors received free, life-saving tests for chronic diseases. The law is also responsible for instituting delivery system reforms that not only helped reduce health costs but also improve care. These reforms are in large part responsible for reducing the

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