Code Red

Code Red: The Critical Condition of Health in Texas

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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 2015

Read the 2015 Report   20 Pages
2015 Report Sources 1 Page

Code Red 2012

Read the 2012 summary 11 Pages (0.7 Megs)

Code Red 2008

Read the 2008 summary 11 Pages (0.7 Megs)

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

The Complete Report
The Summary 56 Pages (4.1 Megs)
Read the 2006 report 196 Pages (4.5 Megs)
The Appendices 335 Pages (1.7 Megs)
En Español:
Alerta Roja: El Resumen 53 Páginas (4.1 Megs)



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

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) © 2015 The University of Texas System.
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