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SURVEY: More Texans Forgo Medical Visits Due To Costs

Courtesy: Episcopal Health Foundation

TEXAS HEALTH POLL - A new healthcare poll finds over half of Texans say it is “difficult for their family to afford healthcare.”  The survey was conducted by the Episcopal Health Foundation based in Houston which looked  at  the access and affordability of healthcare in the Lone Star State.  The survey took into account big cities as well. The Foundation’s CEO Elena Marks told the Texas Standard   that  people living in major metro areas like Houston are also facing healthcare cost issues.                               

I would say that Houston area is about the same as the rest of the state," Marks explained. "In some ways we are worse off, and that is because we have higher rates of poverty and uninsurance  than other parts of the state."                         

Credit Courtesy: Episcopal Health Foundation
Courtesy: Episcopal Health Foundation
Elena Marks, CEO - Episcopal Health Foundation

Texas was one of several mostly politically conservative states that refused to expand the Medicaid Healthcare Program under the Obama Administration,    One finding of the survey shows  that 60% of Texans say they have skipped or postponed health care needs because of cost.

To see the full report click link: 
Episcopal Health Foundation Affordability and Access to Healthcare

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.