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Despite Gains, Texas Lags Behind Nation In Health Coverage

A new study finds that 760,000 Texans enrolled for insurance under the Obamacare exchange this year, which is 63 percent of the total who signed up last year. Meanwhile in D.C., "Star Wars" moviegoers will be targeted this weekend by representatives urging them to register for coverage.

The Texas Tribune: More Have Health Insurance, But Texas Lags
The number of Texans with health insurance has increased 20 percent since 2013 under federal health care reform, but Texas’ health insurance gains continue to lag behind the rest of the nation, according to a pair of reports released this week. While the Obama administration has declined to say how many enrollees in federally subsidized health insurance were previously uninsured, a study to be released Friday by consulting firm Milliman sheds new light on that number, finding that the Texas health insurance market has grown by about 760,000 people under the Affordable Care Act. (Walters, 12/18)

The Associated Press: D.C. Health Exchange Hoping To Sign Up ‘Star Wars’ Fans
You may be strong with the Force, but you still need health insurance. That’s the message the District of Columbia’s health insurance exchange hopes to send to moviegoers this weekend. DC Health Link will have representatives stationed at the Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 theater in downtown Washington starting Friday afternoon. (12/18)

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