Texas Has More Uninsured Veterans Than Any Other State. So That's Lovely.

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The difficulties faced by military veterans returning home, from elevated divorce and suicide rates to a harsh job market, have been well documented.

Turns out, many of them also don't have health coverage.

According to a study released last week by the Urban Institute, 10 percent of veterans lack health coverage of any kind. Another seven percent or so rely solely on Veterans Administration care. The situation is worse for those who are less educated, unmarried, young -- the figure is 19 percent for those under 34 -- and Texan.

Texas has more uninsured veterans -- 130,000 -- than any other state. In percentage terms, this puts it above just eight other states. As with the civilian populations, insurance coverage tracks strongly with full-time employment.

The good news is that nearly half of uninsured veterans will qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and another 40 percent might get subsidies to participate in the state-run health insurance exchanges, which would be even better for Texas veterans, the study notes, if the state weren't dragging its feet on the implementing the exchanges.

Of course, the percentage of uninsured veterans is still about half of the 24.6 percent figure for the population as a whole. Which I'm sure is very comforting for those who can't afford to see a doctor.


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trannyntraining
trannyntraining

We made it guys! We're #1.....We're #1.....We're #1!

Larry
Larry

chicken..  The headline should be, "TX conservative version of 'Support the Troops'".

cheers

Tate
Tate

myopic..... headline should read "rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic": worrying about vet health care when none of us are going to be able to afford it in a few years at 16 percent of GDP and climbing with enormously burdening debt loads.

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

Dishonorably discharged or not, don't vets deserve basic health care services? Or it that just too much socialism for Texas?No need to reply, we need only to look at the rhetoric of those who got elected yesterday to find the answer. What would Jesus do?

Phelps
Phelps

Dishonorably discharged means you committed a crime in your service.  It's legally the same as being a felon.  No, I don't think we owe continuing VA benefits to someone who ends his career in the military as a criminal.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Incidentally, I agree that DHD's should not get continuing benefits.  I do, however, question your reasoning of " someone who ends his career in the military as a criminal."

Why not?  Civilians convicted of crimes go to jail or prison, where they enjoy free healthcare, educational benefits, housing and subsistence.  There is a reason why DHD's should forfeit their benefits, but criminality isn't it.

By the way, a dishonorable isn't necessarily "legally the same as being a felon".  Some states treat it as such, and it is true that only a Court Martial panel can assign a dishonorable status to one's discharge, however, UCMJ offenses that are legally the same as a felony carry incarceration sentences prior to the discharge.  There are instances of administrative discharges carrying a dishonorable status (for AWOL, desertion, dereliction of duty not resulting in loss of life, limb or property, etc.).

RTGolden
RTGolden

It really doesn't matter if you're honorably or dishonorably discharged.  Unless you have a documented service-related condition, or are a retiree, you don't get squat when you get out.  14  1/2 yrs service and once my final physical was complete, my health care ended.

And it ends completely and abruptly, there's really no viable COBRA to replace military health care benefits during the transition (at least not when I got out).  Luckily, when I separated I had no existing conditions requiring continual treatment, because the only thing worse than not having it is receiving care at a VA hospital.

Phelps
Phelps

If you were honorably discharged, these are the general qualifiers:

You were discharged or separated for medical reasons, early out, or hardshipYou served in theater of combat operations within the past 5 yearsYou were discharged from the military because of a disability (not preexisting)You are a former Prisoner of WarYou received a Purple Heart MedalYou receive VA pension or disability benefitsYou receive state Medicaid benefits

RTGolden
RTGolden

It's the fine print that gets you:discharge for med/early trans/hardship - benefits only continue to end of current term of service.Combat service medical benefits are also time limited.  Not sure of the time frame, but if you leave combat service of sound mind and body, better get you some health care fast.

the rest of them don't apply to me, as..... they don't apply to me.

Phelps
Phelps

The study doesn't check to see how many of them qualify for VA benefits, or how many of them don't qualify because they were dishonorably discharged.  In fact, I don't even see where they verify that any of the people they are counting are even military veterans, since it is all apparently self reported and not checked against DD-214s.  Claims of being a veteran by fakers is rampant (see Jug Burkett's book, "Stolen Valor".)

In other words, inflammatory and useless data-wise.  It's all agenda driven, not scientifically driven.  

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Yea, yea, yea. This is not the same as "Stolen Valor." My copy is autographed.... by BOTH authors. (Woman also co-wrote.)

I have many ex-students who were deployed multiple times. After their enlistment is up, they got out---no job, no insurance. Too old to be on mama and daddy's. The process to be covered by a VAMC is daunting, plus, if you cannot prove the illness is SERVICE connected, you ae S O L. (I am a vet, but if I were to go to the local VAMC for anythign, they would bill my BC/BS. Just being a vet with a DD-214 does NOT get you a lot.)

Texas likes to wave flags, but kep those taxes low! They love to sing the National Anthem, but keep those taxes low! God forbid, we would actually take care of all Texans. Keep those taxes low!---But when they end up in the ER, you pay anyway.... so there you go. Texas Logic.

Phelps
Phelps

And Burkett handed me my copy personally. It's not uncommon. The reason I bring it up is because as soon as someone starts one of these "let's show how all these vets are unemployed uneducated dead enders after the war" studies, the first thing they do is hit the homeless shelters and start asking anyone in green "are you a vet? Good. Do you have health insurance?"

Dallasphotog
Dallasphotog

Spoken like a true right-wing nut.

Phelps
Phelps

Yeah, how dare I mention something like "verification" in connection with a "study".

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