Majority of Texans favor Medicaid expansion, complain about health care quality in survey

Dr. Tim Garson of the Texas Medical Center’s Health Policy Institute presented results from the five-state survey May 18 at the Medical World Americas conference in Houston. (Courtesy of Texas Medical Center)

By Carrie Feibel
Houston Public Media

Americans who live in the two biggest states that haven’t expanded Medicaid have more complaints about health care costs and quality, according to a new survey released by the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute in Houston. They’d also like their states to expand Medicaid.

The survey, conducted by marketing research firm Nielsen, assessed attitudes about the health care system, and possible solutions, in five populous states: Texas, California, Florida, New York and Ohio.

The 5,000 respondents were also asked about their party affiliation and insurance status — and height and weight. Those measurements were used to estimate the rates of obesity, for questions about interventions.

The Affordable Care Act allowed states to expand Medicaid to cover more poor adults, but 19 states still have not done so.

In California, New York and Ohio, politicians took advantage of federal funding in the law to expand Medicaid. The survey showed most residents in those three states approved of that decision.

The Republican leaders of

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