The Effort to Enroll the Uninsured

Robert Peters Manor Texas

The Obama administration has announced recently that with the next round of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act happening quite soon, they will be focusing on certain areas of the country.
Two major areas to focus on are: Dallas and Houston. Interestingly, the secretary o health and human services Sylvia Mathews Burwell said on Tuesday that this year will be quite different than last year in terms of open enrollment.

Many uninsured people have already signed up for healthcare, which leaves a smaller pool of eligible people to sign up. Ms. Burwell stated that their goal this enrollment period is to focus on 10.5 million Americans who are uninsured.

To be clear, the enrollment period starts on November 1st and goes through January 31st, 2016. Ms. Burwell also said that they expect about 9.1 million people to have coverage through the marketplace, which is where state and federal exchange programs and information for where people can buy insurance.

The issues that may arise when signing up for insurance or help from marketplaces is that some people fail to pay their premiums, which brings the numbers down on a national level in terms of who is insured. Other instances include issues of inadequately answering questions o federal employees about citizenship or immigration status.

Another interesting fact that Ms. Burwell brings up is that many of the eligible uninsured in the specific pool of people being target for this enrollment period are between the ages of 18 and 34.

Last year, the Census Bureau reported that the number of Americans without health insurance has dropped 8.8 million since last year – because of the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, 33 million people are still uninsured and the goal is to get every eligible American insured within the next few years.

Houston and Dallas will be big focal points for the health and human services department. We should be encouraging families and individuals to sign up and receive health insurance!

Texas Legislators: Missing the Big Picture

Robert Peters Manor Texas TX Educator

Recently, a new study claims that across the state of Texas there have been more Latino drop outs from high school, but an increase in college enrollment. The issue with this is that some legislators may not be looking at the right numbers to glean this statistic. So the real story may be still hidden, especially when the Latinos’ population growth has expanded. This issue has been projected to be a huge problem in the future if Texas doesn’t do something about this now.

Dallas is having some issues with their kids graduating from college. Within the past two years, graduation rates have been dropping and it’s alarming to advocates who have fought for this for the past 5 to 10 years.

The interesting fact about this projected statistic is that the Latino college enrollment rate has shot up recently. These colleges are primarily two-year institutions and many never finish to get their AA or Bachelor degrees.

This data comes from Pew Research Center and the last in-depth study was made in 2013-2014. A lot has happened in the matter of just over a year, and it appears that state officials will not be acting on the statistics.

The major issue for the legislators not to act is because of the school Financing Lawsuit and its unresolved state. They say that until the lawsuit is settled, there cannot be any actions made to improve things in Texas. In 2011, very deep budget cuts were made across the country. Texas is still struggling to improve their conditions, as are many other states in the country. Unfortunately, Texas has ranked to be 49th on the list in terms of having the least funding per student. This is appalling.

Many people think the funding is not the core issue. The bottom line is that there is a lack of accountability and choices within the community and government. This needs to change, and we can change it together.

Texas Sites: San Antonio

Robert Peters Manor TexasSan Antonio is the second most populous city in Texas, and is the fastest growing city in the list of the top ten most populous cities in the United States. That means one and a half million people need things to do whether it be touring a scenic landscape of national parks or getting rowdy at the rodeo. Whether you’re into trekking through quiet caves, standing in awe at roaring beasts, relaxing along the river, or revisiting history at the nation’s oldest cathedral, San Antonio has more than one thing to offer you. Here’s a few of the invaluable experiences to be had next time you’re in Texas:

The Alamo Mission
Remember the Alamo? The pivotal battle in Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico? The Alamo retains a great deal of history reverberating through the walls of this old church. The building was constructing under the Spanish Empire back in the 1700s and its colonial architecture entices 4 million travelers annually making it one of the most popular sites in the country. Near the Alamo, churches and museums offer re-enactments of historical events, and the building itself boasts an impressive gift shop.

The Paseo del Río River Walk:
After a flood in 1921 devastated much of the area, plans for a dam were up in the air. However, after successful protest the plan changed to constructing a walkway alongside the San Antonio River. The area is a series of walkways that traces the urban center’s many waterfront hot spots for shopping and dining, and the scene has developed into a tourist attraction for its historicity and leisure. Easy access to malls, theaters, and casinos is available all along the pathways. What’s more is many buildings on the river have additional riverside entryways which has created a pedestrian network of bridges and walkways separate from the original roads. When walking gets tiresome, sit in a boat and take a scenic tour down the river. Nothing beats the golden glow of streetlights reflected in the river at night.

The McNay Art Museum
If taking a break from the cowboy culture, the first museum of modern art featured in Texas should offer a fresh set of exhibitions. With World War II commemorations, a catalogue of Rodin to Warhol, and interactive, three-dimensional sculptures the museum stands as the city’s new figurehead for artistic culture. The San Antonio Museum of Art offers more exhibits for the unspecialized viewer, and the Witte Museum is dedicated to natural history and features ancient pieces such as cave drawings and dinosaur fossils. More modern exhibits at the Witte include a recreation of a crime scene mimicking the forensics of the CBS show CSI.

Tower of America
The tallest building in San Antonio, gives a powerful 360˚ view of the city. If it isn’t a convincing site per se it will provide you with your next adventure. The tower hosts a few restaurants and popular radio stations.
Sources:
(1)http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/things-to-do-in-san-antonio/