Ann Kitchen on TexHealth Central Texas


Former State Representative Ann Kitchen stopped by Keep Austin Wonky and left a detailed comment in a previous post about the TexHealth program.  I think the information is useful, so I am elevating it from comments into its own post.   Here is the bulk of her comment:

TexHealth Central Texas is a nonprofit, community based program that was created by a group of 60 healthcare, provider, and community leaders in Central Texas. The HealthCare District was one of those leaders, but did not create the program. It is part of a statewide effort to help provide coverage for uninsured workers in small businesses

It is an option for small businesses who have no other options – because it offers affordable health coverage for small businesses that have not been able to afford coverage through traditional insurance companies.

It is a nonprofit corporation with a community Board of Directors. The reserves meet TDI requirements

The benefit package covers the full range of benefits – physician, hospital, medication, x-ray, lab, mental health etc. It is not an “extremely limited plan” as was the concern raised by one commenter.

The program is not a substitute for health reform – it is a nonprofit health coverage program that helps businesses right now, and will fit into a larger health care reform, that hopefully we will have in the future.

Please feel free to contact TexHealth Central Texas if you have any questions about the program.

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