Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says no bill to extend state’s health insurance coverage is ‘a slam dunk’
The Texas governor on Friday declined to support a bill to renew Texas health insurance for millions of Americans who are facing the possibility of losing their insurance.
Abbott, who is also considering a run for the White House, said in a statement that he believes the law, which has been a top priority of his administration, is “too difficult to implement without an additional federal infusion of funds.”
“Texas will continue to do all it can to protect the Affordable Care Act, including through our state-run Medicaid expansion,” Abbott said.
“That being said, I will not vote to extend the current state health insurance program.””
Abbott’s statement came a day after President Donald Trump said he would sign a bill that would extend the Medicaid program and provide states with up to $7 billion to help pay for the expansion.”
That being said, I will not vote to extend the current state health insurance program.”
Abbott’s statement came a day after President Donald Trump said he would sign a bill that would extend the Medicaid program and provide states with up to $7 billion to help pay for the expansion.
The measure is expected to pass the Senate this week, but it faces an uphill battle in the House.
Trump and Senate Republicans want to end the state-based Medicaid expansion and replace it with a federal program.
The Senate Republican leaders say they will support the bill as it is written.
The House bill would expand the program to cover people who make more than 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($23,500 for an individual).
Abbott also did not sign the bill, but on Friday he signed a letter to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, that called for continued support for the Medicaid expansion.
“Texas has made strides in providing quality, affordable health insurance to the uninsured and our Medicaid program is not in need of any additional funding,” the letter read.
“We must ensure that all Texans have access to the quality health care they need and deserve, and the federal government must continue to continue its leadership role in providing the essential health care to Texans.”
Read more from The Washington Post’s coverage of the health care fight in Texas.