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.