A few months ago, I wrote about the benefits of the Texas Health plan, which allows people to get access to care at a higher rate for a lower cost.
It’s a system that I’ve been following for years, and it’s a model I’ve long hoped would become more widely adopted.
Unfortunately, it’s been a slow start.
In 2015, the Texas health plan cost $5 billion per year, or just under $50 per person.
Today, it costs $13.3 billion per years, or $71 per person, and has only just reached its full cost of $25.7 billion.
In 2017, that figure jumped to $36.7 million per year.
Even before the plan’s price hikes, it was clear that Texas health plans were in dire straits.
According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average Texas health system spent $16,700 per person in 2017.
It was also the most expensive state in the country for Medicaid, the government program that pays for health care for low-income Americans.
By 2022, Texas health care systems were spending $36,700 more per person than the national average.
And despite the system’s massive cost, Texas Health plans have managed to avoid the kind of crisis that would have been the catalyst for a full-blown crisis in the state’s Medicaid program.
In the year before the price hikes began, Texas’ Medicaid system had seen a 17 percent growth in enrollees over the past five years, according to the state.
That increase was driven by a surge in people needing care.
As the state grew its population and its Medicaid system grew, it saw a dramatic increase in the number of people who needed help paying their medical bills.
But Texas Medicaid has been stuck in a state of relative stagnation.
In fact, just a year after the price hike began, the state still had less than $6 billion in available Medicaid money.
The state has spent $6.7 trillion on health care since it began offering coverage in 2011.
While Texas has been able to spend a bit more than it did in the past, the trend is not encouraging.
The problem is that many of the costs of health care have been increasing at an even faster pace than the rate of inflation, according in a recent report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
In recent years, health care spending has skyrocketed while the cost of living has been decreasing.
According the CEP report, Texas’s overall health care costs grew by about 30 percent between 2001 and 2015, and for the most part it has remained flat.
But as Texas has grown its population, the cost per capita has more than doubled, to about $32,000.
By contrast, for the same period, the national rate of increase in per capita income rose by about 6 percent.
In other words, health spending has risen so much faster in Texas that its cost per person has been increasing more rapidly than its cost to the average citizen.
This increase in health care has been accompanied by a decline in the quality of health services.
This has led to a situation in which a vast majority of Texans lack the resources to pay for care, and some people end up spending more out of their own pockets than they’re actually paying for it.
Texas is one of the only states in the nation that offers no Medicaid coverage for residents of high-poverty areas.
To make matters worse, these residents are often in a situation where they have no other way to pay their medical costs, so they resort to spending more on things like gasoline, rent or even prescription drugs.
The result is that the costs associated with medical care have escalated to levels that are unsustainable for any state.
In 2019, the Department of State Health Services reported that Texas had more than 3.2 million people with chronic health conditions.
According, the number was growing.
In 2022, it had nearly 3.5 million.
By 2024, it reached 4.3 million.
In 2021, it hit 4.9 million.
The number of chronic conditions for which Medicaid was available in Texas had grown from about 5.7 percent in 2012 to 7.1 percent in 2019, according the Cep report.
While these numbers are impressive, they’re not good enough to address the growing problem of under-insured Texas residents.
According with the report, the majority of Texas residents who had Medicaid coverage in 2020 were under age 65.
According it, by 2020, the percentage of people 65 and older with Medicaid coverage was up to nearly 20 percent, and by 2024, the rate had reached 23.6 percent.
As a result, Texas residents were spending nearly $17,000 per person on health insurance for their own medical care, which amounted to a $9,000 annual premium increase for the state of $17.3 trillion.
To put this in perspective, this is more than a