Old, sick and scrambling to find a new home: ‘We are all nervous wrecks’

Barbara Reed says she has reached out to 20 assisted living centers and nursing homes in the past week since being told that Westchester Plaza, the state’s largest assisted-living facility for Medicaid recipients, will close next month. Reed suffers from anxiety, a congestive heart condition, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high blood pressure.

Texas Mother ‘Deathly Afraid’ of Medicaid Cuts Under GOP Health Plan

About three-quarters of the 4.5 million Texans enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are kids, while the remaining beneficiaries are primarily pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities. Medicaid covers more than half of all births in Texas, which has the highest uninsured rate in the United States.

As depression, anxiety and suicide skyrocket, the GOP wants to gut our mental health coverage

Since the Senate healthcare reform bill was released late last week, there’s been tons of conversation around what’s in the darn thing. Among the rotten provisions in the current iteration of Trumpcare — and there are many — arguably the least discussed are those affecting individuals with mental illness.

GOP health-care bill could cut funds schools use to help special-ed students

Many school districts, already squeezed by shrinking state education budgets, say that to fill the hole they anticipate would be left by the Republican push to restructure Medicaid, they would either have to cut those services or downsize general education programs that serve all students.

How Texas stands to lose millions with revised health bill

An estimated more than 2.5 million Texas would lose insurance coverage, adding to our already high rates of those uninsured. The bill would also allow states to opt out of protections that restrict insurance companies from charging higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions and from the requirement that insurers cover 10 essential health benefits, Read more

Senate Health Care Bill Could Drive Up Coverage Costs for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The Health Care Bill includes a proposal that would allow states to waive federal requirements that insurers provide coverage that includes core health care services, known as essential health benefits (EHBs). Instead, states could allow insurers to exclude certain benefits from their coverage.

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