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Health advocates in South Texas say a top priority for the state’s lawmakers in 2021 is to finally have a serious conversation about expanding Medicaid.

“We’re living in a pandemic world, and the need for health care has never been more acute,” said Elena Marks, president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation. “Because of all the unemployment caused by COVID-19, and in Texas the oil and gas prices being reduced, there are fewer people as a percentage of the population who are covered by employer insurance. The old way of saying, ‘Well, they should just get a job where there’s insurance’ carries a lot less credibility when people are losing jobs that carried insurance.”

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health and health care for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at cmccarthy@vicad.com or at 580-6597. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health and health care for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. Questions, tips, or ideas? Please get in touch: cmccarthy@vicad.com or call 361-580-6597.

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