By Mimi Garcia, Cheasty Anderson and Eileen Garcia and Laura Guerra-Cardus
Special to the American-Statesman
Lately when state leaders talk about health care, one thing that almost never comes up is health. Every generation wants for the next one to have a longer, better life and the one before to meet dignity in aging. Medicaid does that for 3.5 million Texans.
The vast majority of them are children, able to get preventive care and treatments they need by seeing a doctor in a doctor’s office, so they grow up healthier. Medicaid also helps Texans with lifelong disabilities receive support in their communities and gives expectant mothers who otherwise couldn’t afford prenatal care an opportunity to have healthier babies. Vulnerable seniors, including 7 out of 10 Texans in nursing homes, count on Medicaid every day.