Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) Statement on President Biden’s Reversal of Trump’s Effort to Undercut Health Care Access in Texas, Lock Many Texans into an Uninsured Future

Apr 19, 2021
Press Release

Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33), member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement reacting to the Biden Administration rescinding a ten-year Medicaid 1115 waiver extension that the Trump Administration had rushed through earlier in January:

“The fact that the state of Texas, and the North Texas district that I represent, has some of the highest numbers of uninsured people in the nation is unacceptable—especially during unprecedented health crisis. President Biden’s decision to reject the last Administration’s hastily enacted 1115 waiver will help us move these funds to the right places. While the 1115 waiver process was initially intended to facilitate better help to more, leaders in our state have consistently misused the measure to waive access to basic health care.

 “The state of Texas and the Trump administration flouted the well-established public notice process to enact this waiver, and Biden’s decision will boost reasonable public participation in this process, and open the door wider for our state to finally expand the Medicaid program, which will help millions of low-income and uninsured Texans finally access health care.

“During the last Congress, I had the privilege of leading efforts to expand affordable health care by introducing legislation that will incentivize Medicaid expansion in states like Texas to help Texans access live-saving care. In the upcoming months, I look forward to using my position both on the Energy and Commerce Committee and as a member of Congress to work the Biden-Harris Administration to reach our shared goal of getting all Americans the health care coverage they deserve.”