Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in Texas yesterday that the Obama administration was flexible about how coverage might be expanded in that state, "but as far as I know, those conversations, at least with the state officials, are not taking place right now." Meanwhile, several state officials, including Gov. Rick Perry, blasted the federal health care law.
The Texas Tribune: Sebelius: We're Open To 'Uniquely Texan' Approach
The federal government is open to expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act in a way that is more tailored to Texas' preferences, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday while visiting Austin City Hall. 'We are eager to have discussions with Texas about a program that could look uniquely Texan," Sebelius said. "But as far as I know, those conversations, at least with the state officials, are not taking place right now' " (Aaronson, 8/8).
The Associated Press: Sebelius Open To 'Uniquely Texan' Health Care Plan
The Obama administration is open to talks with Texas about expanded health care for the poor, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday, though the state's top Republicans adamantly refuse to cooperate. Following a meeting with Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and other Central Texas officials, Sebelius said her office is open to crafting a uniquely Texan plan to make sure everyone has health insurance (Tomlinson, 8/8).
The Hill: Perry Blasts Obamacare As Sebelius Visits Texas
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) attacked Obamacare on Thursday as President Obama's top health official promoted the law in Austin and San Antonio. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met with officials in both cities to discuss the Affordable Care Act's implementation and how it will benefit communities, starting next year (Viebeck, 8/8).