AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says political opposition in Texas to the federal health care overhaul hasn’t helped the state’s under performing sign-up numbers.
“When you have government officials trying to block navigators from getting information to people that isn’t terribly helpful to folks trying to figure out what the law means,” Sebelius said, “and whether or not the law applies to them and whether it’s even in place in Texas.”
Sebelius visited Austin on Friday for one last push before next week’s open enrollment deadline. Millions of uninsured have until Monday to pick a plan or face penalties.
About 295,000 people in Texas had enrolled as of March 1. That’s less than half the 629,000-person target for Texas that federal officials originally set.
Gov. Rick Perry and Texas’ Republican leaders have consistently criticized the health overhaul.
At a United Way center in Austin, Sebelius said legal challenges and a “constant barrage of misinformation” haven’t helped people trying to figure out the law.
Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the country.
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