| 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.