Please see the quote and referenced article below for an update on the health insurance exchange discussion in Texas. The way that this primary component of the Affordable Care Act is implemented in Texas will have a direct impact on the lives of Texans affected by mental illness.
“Ahead of a Friday deadline to decide, Gov. Rick Perry’s office has reaffirmed that Texas will not implement a major tenet of federal health reform — a state-based online marketplace for consumers to purchase coverage. That means the federal government will have to roll out a program for Texas instead. Every state must have an exchange by 2014, the year “Obamacare” — which many Republicans had hoped would be repealed if Mitt Romney won the presidency — requires most Americans to carry coverage.” Source: http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/health-exchange-deadline-perry-reaffirms-stance/