Texas sees little health care change despite insurance gains

August 10, 2014 5:44 AM

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HOUSTON — Mike Norby is no longer basking in praise over Houston surpassing enrollment expectations in the federal health insurance marketplace. Four months later, the story behind the numbers isn’t as rosy for the county health care program he helps oversee.

Harris Health System — like other programs across the state — hasn’t enjoyed the expected savings from the Affordable Care Act because most of its 48,000 patients eligible for subsidized insurance instead chose to remain enrolled in the county’s cheaper taxpayer-funded medical care.

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