March 26, 2014
By: Emily R. Gee
Under the Affordable Care Act, six in 10, or 2.8 million, eligible uninsured Texans may qualify either for tax credits to purchase coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace (2.2 million) or for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) (627,000). If Texas were to implement Medicaid expansion, a total of 92 percent of all eligible uninsured Texans-or 4.5 million people- might qualify for premium tax credits, Medicaid, or CHIP. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey, there are 4.9 million uninsured nonelderly U.S. citizens and other lawfully present in Texas.
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