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Release Date: April 8, 2009
File Size: 7.86 MB
File Format: pdf
In Harm's Way—True Stories of Uninsured Texas Children, documents the personal stories of 16 families from across Texas whose children are uninsured.
The report identifies major problems with the state's eligibility system that processes children's health insurance applications as well as a general lack of affordable coverage options for families who are above the state's income eligibility limit. Personal testimonies from families caught up in the bureaucratic red-tape of an eligibility system in crisis vividly illustrate why approximately 850,000 Texas children are currently eligible, but not enrolled in the state's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Children's Medicaid.
The report, authored by the Children's Defense Fund, is part of its ongoing Texas Finish Line Campaign—a collaboration with statewide organizations, the Center for Public Policy Priorities and Texans Care for Children. The Texas Finish Line Campaign works to ensure affordable health coverage for every Texas child and recommends two key policy changes that Texas CAN make during this 81st legislative session to fix the current crisis.
Visit the CDF-Texas website to learn more about how CDF works to ensure a level playing field for all children in Texas.