Health care advocates gathered at the Texas Capitol calling for the expansion of Medicaid citing the number of uninsured Texans. The participants called for a state-wide ballot to amend the Texas Constitution regarding the issue. There are a bill and a Senate Joint Resolution supporting such a measure:
At the rally, state Sen. Nathan Johnson, D-Dallas, said Texas should follow the lead of other states in expanding Medicaid.
Johnson said it’s time that Texas lawmakers looked at the data “from five years of dozens of other states expanding Medicaid to the benefit of their citizens, to the benefit of their businesses, to the benefit overall of their economies, of their health and of the spirit of their populations.”
Johnson is author of Senate Bill 524 and Senate Joint Resolution 34 that call for Medicaid expansion to be placed on a future ballot. “It’s time that Texas joined the rest of the United States of America and did the same thing,” he said.