The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) issued a news release
commenting on a report
released by the Economic Policy Institute focusing on state employer-provided health coverage. The report demonstrates that Texas is third among the “worst-ranking states” with only 51.1 percent of the non-elderly population covered by an employer. In addition, the report indicates that employer based coverage for children (age 0-17) declined 11.3 percent from 56.4 percent in 2000-2001 to 45.1 percent from 2009-10. In response to these findings, the CPPP noted the importance of health reform to Texas's employers and employees, as well as how the ACA is already helping Texas employers provide health insurance through: (1) rebates from insurers if the 2011 medical loss ratio was not met; (2) federal grant money to lower early retiree health premiums; and (3) small employer federal tax credits.