Nuns protest at Capitol for more Medicaid

The 'Nuns on the bus' left this morning from the Houston area to protest for more Medicaid coverage for the poor. (John Mizwa)

April 17, 2013 9:14:10 AM PDT
The "Nuns on the Bus" have arrived at the Texas Capitol, and they are calling for lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor.

The Roman Catholic group travels the country drawing attention to poverty and social issues. The group first gained national prominence traveling the country and protesting federal budget cuts they said would hurt the poor and needy.

In Austin on Wednesday nuns and supporters from across the state lobbied lawmakers to pass a state law that would add more than 1 million of the working poor to the Medicaid health care program.

Standing before a group chanting, "Health care for everyone," Sister Ceil Roeger pointed out that 24 percent of Texans do not have health insurance, the highest number in the country.

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