A homegrown Central Texas health insurance option could provide coverage as soon as January to people who can’t afford it now but have incomes too high to qualify for the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor and disabled.
The Central Health board gave approval Wednesday night for its nonprofit Sendero Health Plans to apply with the federal government to offer the coverage under the Obama health care law, which calls for the establishment of health insurance exchanges to help people buy coverage in the 50 states. People who refuse to buy coverage will have to pay a penalty.
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