Making Health Care Work

LOWERING HEALTH CARE COSTS—A pro-consumer health insurance exchange would allow hundreds of thousands of families and businesses to join together and negotiate for cheaper health care plans.

Delivering on the Promise of Quality, Affordable Health Care

Now the fight for health care reform is in Austin, and so are the health care industry’s lobbyists.

At stake is how we set up a new insurance marketplace in Texas — the single biggest tool we have to clean up health care. The new state insurance exchange will allow small businesses, those of us who buy health care on our own, and the uninsured to shop for cheaper health care plans and find some relief from increasingly brutal premiums. 

Done right, the exchange will save billions and level the balance of power between consumers and the health care industry — driving the industry to cut waste and prioritize high-quality care.

The health care industry has spent millions to influence decisions on health care, so they know how high the stakes are.

In order to help us fight back against the kind of price jumps and trap-door coverage we’ve all been suffering from, TexPIRG is pushing to see that the exchange:

  1. Negotiates for better plans. By demanding better care for less cost, the exchange can use the collective power of hundreds of thousands of Texans to finally demand that the industry do better.
  2. Have high standards, so that bad plans aren’t an option.
  3. Be open to as many Texans as possible. Limits that shut some individuals and businesses out of the exchange would reduce its ability to lower costs — and will be a key tactic that industry lobbyists use to weaken it.
  4. Be accountable to the public.

Issue updates

News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Houstonians voice concerns about Texas’ Health Care Crisis to Legislators

Margret Torres, who is an ACORN member and former paralegal with a college degree in communications, is not is someone who you would typically think would be without health insurance, but she is just one of more than five million Texans with no health insurance.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

TexPIRG Applauds Governor Perry’s Signing of Canadian Prescription Drugs Bill

The Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) applauded Governor Rick Perry today for signing into law a measure to give Texans easier and safer access to prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies. SB 410, which authorizes the continuation of the state pharmacy board, included an amendment that directs the state pharmacy board to inspect and designate pharmacies in Canada as reliable vendors of prescription drugs. In addition, the law calls for the state to create and maintain a website to educate consumers on drug availability and pricing from designated pharmacies.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Survey Finds Uninsured San Antonians Pay Too High a Price for Prescription Drugs

Uninsured San Antonians are charged 70 percent more for prescription drugs than the best available market prices, according to a survey released today by TexPIRG. The group criticized the failure of Congress to enact adequate reforms, and called on the Texas Legislature to take action to make affordable prescription drugs available to uninsured residents.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Uninsured Consumers Pay Too High A Price For Prescription Drugs In Texas

Uninsured consumers in Texas are charged much higher prices for prescription drugs than the best available market prices, according to a survey released today by TexPIRG. The group criticized proposed Congressional reforms, urging the Texas legislature to instead form prescription drug buying pools.

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