Code Red: The Critical Condition of Health in Texas

Texas faces an impending crisis regarding the health of its population, which will profoundly influence the state’s competitive position nationally and globally. The health of Texas, economically, educationally, culturally and socially depends on the physical and mental health of its population. Quality of life for individual Texans and the communities in which they live depends critically upon health status. In the state, 25.1 percent of the population is without health insurance, the highest in the nation and growing. The increasing discrepancy between growing health needs and access to affordable health insurance coverage creates the conditions for a "perfect storm."

In view of these serious challenges, ten academic health institutions created the Task Force for Access to Health Care in Texas to address these issues. Task Force members also included small and large business employees, health care providers, insurers and consumers. All represented their own personal perspective and did not represent groups or organizations with which they are associated. Financial support for the project came solely from the academic health institutions. Below you will find their summary, the full report — Code Red: The Critical Condition of Health in Texas — and appendices.

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Code Red 2012

Code Red 2012

Read the 2012 summary  11 Pages (0.7 Megs)

Code Red 2008

Code Red 2008

Read the 2008 summary  12 Pages (0.3 Megs)

Code Red: The Critical Condition of Health in Texas - 2006

The Complete Report

The Summary  56 Pages (4.1 Megs)
The Report  196 Pages (4.5 Megs)
The Appendices  335 Pages (1.7 Megs)

En Español:
Alerta Roja: El Resumen  53 Páginas (4.1 Megs)


The Report by Chapters

Opening
Preface
Task Force Members
Table of Contents
Executive Summary

Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Uninsured in Texas
Chapter 3 – Consequences of the Uninsured and Underinsured
Chapter 4 – Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in Texas
Chapter 5 – State Regulation of Health Insurance
Chapter 6 – Analysis of Reform Options Developed by Other States
Chapter 7 – Local Initiatives for Expanded Care and Coverage
Chapter 8 – Trauma Care in Texas
Chapter 9 – Education and Health
Chapter 10 – Task Force Findings
Chapter 11 – Recommendations

React (Closing)


Appendices

Table of Contents

Appendix A
Task Force Members and Staff Biosketches

Appendix B
Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in Texas: History, Current Arrangements, and Options
David C. Warner, Lauren R. Jahnke, and Kristie Kimbell

Appendix C
An Analysis of Reform Options Developed by Other States
David C. Warner, Lauren R. Jahnke, and Kristie Kimbell

Appendix D
Local Initiatives to Expand Care and Coverage of the Uninsured
Charles Begley, Alpna Agrawal, and Heather Draper

Appendix E
Education and Health: A Review and Assessment
Nancy Murray, Luisa Franzini, Dritana Marko, Philip Lupo, Jr., Julie Garza, and Stephen Linder

Appendix F
State Regulation of Health Insurance: Implications for Health Care Access
Sara Rosenbaum

Appendix G
Emergency and Trauma Care in Texas: Assessment, Challenges, and Options
Charles Begley, Sharron Cox , Arlo Weltge, Cindy Gunn, and Munseok Seo

Appendix H
Brief: Consulate Clinic
Denise Sanchez

Appendix I
Common Abbreviations

Appendix J
Presenters

Appendix K
Provider Taxes: A Different Perspective
Richard Johnson, Jr. and Donna Kinney


Legislative Review and Summary

Read the legislative summary  6 Pages (3.6 Megs)


Task Force Findings and Recommendations

Task Force Synopsis  4 Pages (Less than a Meg)