We Need a State Exchange

Last week, I filed two measures to create a state-based health insurance exchange, which would make it easier for Texans to sign up for coverage and ensure that the health insurance plans meet state requirements. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, it would protect Texans if the United States Supreme Court decides that federal tax credits are not available to people in states which do not have their own exchange. If these tax credits disappear, hundreds of thousands of Texans will see a significant tax increase and may no longer be able to afford coverage.

To read more about the bills click here.

On the topic of the health insurance exchange, there’s only a couple weeks left to find or switch coverage during the current open enrollment period. Visit www.healthcare.gov by February 15 to enroll or switch. If you have any questions about how it works or need help navigating the system, call 2-1-1 or my office at 817-459-2800.

Of course, even with the success of the federal exchange, there will still be more than one million Texas adults without access to affordable coverage. It’s time for Texas to join the 28 states that have expanded coverage and for our state’s leaders to listen to the business community, counties, cities, hospitals, and close the coverage gap.


Town Halls:

On Saturday, February 7, I will host two town hall meetings, one at the Arlington Municipal Airport at 10:00am and the other at the Grand Prairie Municipal Airport at 2:00pm. Come by to discuss the issues important to you and your family, including public education, healthcare, transportation, criminal justice, and the economy. For more details, click here or call 817-459-2800.


It’s time to board the bus and head to Austin for Texas 101 Day at the Capitol. Those who attend will enjoy a day in Austin, be recognized from the House floor, take a tour of the Capitol and meet other legislators and special guests. There is no cost to attend and food and beverages will be provided. However, it’s first-come, first-serve, so don’t lose your spot on the bus — click here or email chris.turner@house.state.tx.us to sign up today!!