Continuing coverage of this guest column by UTMB’s Dr. Howard Brody: The Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin recently reported that a “moderate” scenario for the effect of Medicaid expansion in Texas showed that an additional 1.6 million people would be covered. That works out to a few more than 9,000 lives saved per year in the state. This means that we can predict with reasonable confidence that if we fail to expand Medicaid as much as is provided for in the Affordable Care Act — whether by adopting the federal approach or finding a state-level alternative — 9,000 Texans will die each year for the next several years as a result. The column also appeared in the San Marcos Daily Record.