Sebelius: Talk on health care plan up to Texas

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, left, speaks at a news conference at City Hall in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. Sebelius said her office is open to crafting a uniquely Texan plan to make sure everyone has health insurance. She was in Austin and San Antonio to talk about how local communities can take advantage of the Affordable Care Act. Texas has the nation’s highest rate of people without health insurance, most of them the working poor and single adults. Texas has the option of expanding Medicaid to include those who cannot afford health insurance, but Gov. Rick Perry has rejected all portions of act. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman /, Jay Janner)

HOUSTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the Obama Administration remains eager to have conversations with Texas about expanding health care coverage in the state through the Affordable Care Act.

But she said it's up to state leaders to reach out to the federal government. Sebelius says she remains "open to a program that looks uniquely Texan."

Sebelius was in Houston Monday talking with local leaders about the implementation of the health care act. She also announced a video contest aimed at showing young adults the benefits of the new health care law.

Republican leaders in Texas have refused to cooperate with the expansion of health care coverage unless required by federal law. Gov. Rick Perry's office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.





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