More than 140,000 Texan adults received Medicaid in May through the state program known as TANF, a 21 percent increase since November.
The Texas Tribune reports that the jump occurred without the state expanding Medicaid as part of the president’s healthcare reform law. The program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, is paid for with a federal block grant and funnels money to unemployed and under-employed residents. It also provides Medicaid, should the applicant qualify.
For every $40 the state spends on Medicaid, the federal government provides $60. If Texas would’ve chosen to expand it, the feds would have paid for 100 percent over three years and 90 percent after.
Some estimates indicate that Texas, where 24 percent of its residents are uninsured, would’ve signed up another 2,013,025 people for Medicaid had Texas lawmakers voted to expand it.