Healthy Texas Act Summary

2019 Healthy Texas Act Summary

When enacted, the Healthy Texas Act will guarantee that every resident of Texas will receive comprehensive healthcare services. It’s like Medicare for All. Individuals will have free choice of licensed health professionals and services. Covered benefits will include services to keep people healthy—mentally and physically— as well as those services that diagnose and treat diseases. In addition to emergency services, surgeries, and hospital stays, services such as home healthcare, day care and hospice are covered. Vision and dental care are also included. The Healthy Texas Act has been crafted to provide a single high standard of safe, therapeutic care for all Texas residents in a manner that is financially sustainable:

  Choose any provider. No more surprise bills. No out-of-pocket costs for covered services

  Eliminates co-pays for Medicare Part B

  Lower prescription drug costs

  Regional planning to reduce overlap and duplication of expensive equipment and facilities

  Provider rates which will be negotiated to ensure access, cost control and high-value services

  The advances from the Affordable Care Act will be folded into the new system

  Huge cost-savings from reduced bureaucracy. No more insurance company runaround. No more bill collectors

  Diverse participants including ordinary citizens and representatives of labor and business, as well as various health care professionals and health policy experts, will advise and help design the Healthy Texas program

  A Healthy Texas premium, which is higher for upper-income earners, would replace insurance company premiums, co-pays and deductibles—likely resulting in significant out-of-pocket net savings
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