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More Success in Insuring Texans, More Work to Be Done
Texans Care for Children

February, 2014

New Updates on All Things Health Care Reform
New Numbers, New Signs That Texans Are Eager to Enroll in Marketplace Coverage
Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers released earlier this month showed 118,532 Texans have selected a health plan through the online Marketplace from October through the end of December, an impressive increase from about 14,000 the month before. Lindsey Carmichael (right), a Paraolympian and social services employee in Texas, was thrilled to find better health insurance options in the Marketplace. Read about more notable enrollment numbers and undeterred Texans enrolling in Marketplace coverage. As the deadline for open enrollment draws nearer, here is some important information to keep in mind:
The last day of open enrollment for 2014 is March 31st with coverage beginning in April. VisitHealthcare.govfind local help, or call 1-800-318-2596 for help enrolling.
Did you enroll in Marketplace coverage? Share your story with us! 
Over One Million Texans Left Without An Affordable Health Coverage Option
Since Texas decided not to expand Medicaid in our state, over one million hard working Texans are left in a coverage gap. The gap includes veterans and their spouses. It also includes people who work in retail, construction, child care, hospitality, health care, and food service. On Feb 5th, we will officially launch the Texas Left Me Outcampaign, to let state leaders know they need to act so these Texans get the health coverage they need and deserve. Stay tuned for an email from us early next week with ways you can get involved with spreading the word about Texas Left Me Out through social media and more.
Are you or someone you know in the coverage gap? Share your story and stand with other Texans who were left out by the Texas state leadership.
New Navigator Rules Finalized
This month, the Texas Department of Insurance issued state rules for "navigators," individuals and community organizations that help uninsured people apply for health insurance. Concerned the rules could prevent or delay theimportant work of navigators, many navigators and health coverage advocates voiced opposition to the proposed rules. Consequently, good changes have been made, but there are still some unnecessary problems, including costs and unrealistic deadlines. You can check out a copy of the proposed and adopted navigator rules here.
Did you know?
For Texas families with children under age 19 who earn between 138% – 200% of the federal poverty level, (i.e. a family of four earning between about $32,500 – $47,100), the March 31st enrollment deadline does not apply to their children. Stated another way, 
children who qualify for health care coverage through CHIP or Children’s Medicaid may apply any time throughout the year, and as a parent, you can do that here
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