HHS secretary talks health care overhaul in Texas

By: NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press
By: NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she's hoping Texas lawmakers will change their mind about accepting funding for the health care overhaul once its provisions kick in.

Sebelius appeared in Dallas Thursday for another event to inform Texans about insurance exchanges that open Oct. 1.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured in the country, but Gov. Rick Perry and state Republicans vehemently oppose the Democrat-backed insurance bill. They have declined to accept federal funding that would cover almost all of a Medicaid expansion.

Without their cooperation, Sebelius says many of the uninsured poor will be left "on the side of the road."

Those Texans can still buy insurance in exchanges, but without federal help.

Sebelius visited Houston and Austin last month to address the new law.

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