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Obamacare Works: More Than 118,000 Texans Have Enrolled in Health Insurance Through the Exchanges

by: Katherine Haenschen

Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:59 AM CST

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has already made a huge impact on the lives of previously uninsured and under-insured Texans.

Reports released this week show that hundreds of thousands of Texans continue to sign up for coverage on the health insurance marketplace. Additionally, tens of thousands of Texans have found themselves eligible to enroll in Medicaid.

According to Enroll America, the non-profit organization helping people get covered, 118,500 Texans enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace through December 28.

Additionally, numbers from the US Department of Health and Human Services show that 457,382 Texans completed their applications, and 390,658 Texans have been found eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan.

As the executive director of Progress Texas, Ed Espinoza, aptly put it, "Twelve weeks of ACA has done more to help Texans without health care than Rick Perry has done in twelve years as Governor."

But all news is not good, and it's primarily the fault of the Republican legislature: there are over 210,000 Texans who would be eligible for financial assistance through Medicaid but cannot since Rick Perry refused to expand the program in Texas.

Read more below the jump, and find out how many Texans received financial assistance to purchase a plan.

It's called the Affordable Care Act for a reason -- the provisions in the law make quality health insurance and access to care affordable for millions of Americans that didn't have either before.

It's working in Texas: 3 out of 4 Texans who enrolled received financial assistance in purchasing their plan.

Additionally, 34% of those who enrolled in Texas are under age 34, suggesting that despite efforts of conservative "think tanks" and Super PACs to scare off young people or trick them into not enrolling, younger Americans are indeed signing up for coverage.

It's not too late to enroll: the next big deadline is tomorrow (January 15) to sign up for coverage that begins February 1.

It's shameful that Rick Perry put his future failed Presidential bid ahead of expanding Medicaid to a potential 1.2 million eligible Texans. If you're one of them or you're simply enraged, head on over to Texas Left Me Out and sign the petition calling on our elected officials to expand Medicaid in Texas.

The Affordable Care Act is making a big dent in the number of uninsured Texans. With the highest rate of uninsured residents -- an appalling 28.8% -- we have over 6.3 million people who need insurance. Republicans continue to try and repeal the law that provides access to quality, affordable care without offering any solutions.

Thanks to President Obama, we're already seeing progress in addressing the numbers of uninsured Texans. Meanwhile, the folks at Enroll America and other great organizations are doing all they can to help spread the word about how to sign up for coverage on the Healthcare.Gov website, through a navigator, or over the phone.

If you need help, click here for a comprehensive quide to getting covered.

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