Category - The Texas Treatment

We now need all Texas hands on deck to protect health care

It’s time to get to work, folks. With the election behind us, there is a lot of uncertainty about the future of health coverage in Texas and across the country as state and federal leaders suddenly face the task of turning their health care rhetoric into actual policy decisions. But we are certain about one […]

This Veterans Day, Let’s Look at How Many Vets Lack Health Care

This post was written by Kamia Rathore and it’s CPPP’s second post in our Countdown to Coverage series.  Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, the number of uninsured veterans has dropped nationally. This trend has filtered down to Texas, but our state still has about 72,000 veterans who lack insurance—meaning Texas has the highest number of […]

Help Uninsured Texans Go to the Capitol to Fight for Health Coverage

  We’re excited to launch a new campaign today to give YOU another way to stand up for uninsured Texans! Right now in Texas, there are moms who have cancer but can’t get the treatment they need. Dads who can’t pay for their depression medication. Child care teachers, construction workers, and cooks one wrong step away from […]

Changes for Open Enrollment 2017: What You’ve Heard and What it Means

This post was written by Stacey Pogue and Melissa McChesney and it’s the first post of several in CPPP’s Countdown to Coverage series.  We’re kicking off our annual blog series leading into the fourth open enrollment, the period when people can up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. It’s important to first identify the challenges […]

As the 1115 Medicaid Waiver Winds Down, What It Means for Your County if the State Doesn’t Craft a Texas Plan for Health Coverage in 2017

As the Legislature prepares to address the expiring 1115 Medicaid Waiver, and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee holds a hearing Tuesday on the Waiver, let’s take a look at what’s at stake for the state and for your county. With the stopgap Waiver extension expiring in 15 months, the state must craft a Texas plan to expand […]

Fewer Insurers In the Marketplace: What It Means For Texas

Several insurers have announced plans to withdraw from the Marketplace in 2017, both in Texas and nationally.  Aetna, United Healthcare, and Scott and White have each announced that they will not offer plans on the Texas Marketplace in 2017.  Humana has indicated that it will exit some state Marketplaces, participating in 11 states in 2017 […]

Report: Texas Needs Health Coverage Plan in 2017 to Avoid $1.3 Billion Cut in 2018

You already know that by turning down federal Medicaid expansion funding our state leaders are making line cooks and child care teachers sicker, making families poorer, and making our economy weaker. A new report by the Center for Public Policy Priorities now shows that if our state leaders don’t take action on health care in 2017, […]

Health Advocates Deliver Detailed Response to Senators’ Comments on Health Coverage

A Texas Senate Committee travelling the state to discuss property tax reform is hearing loud and clear that accepting Medicaid expansion funding should be part of their strategy, and now they’ve received a response to many of the questions and comments they’ve offered during those hearings. Medicaid expansion supporters raised the issue at the Committee hearing in […]

Zika is Coming — Let’s Be Sure All Texans Have Access to Preventative Measures

Written by CPPP Health and Wellness Intern Julia Von Alexander Currently there have been 49 recorded cases of people with Zika virus in Texas, almost all acquired from foreign travel. But experts believe that mosquitos carrying Zika will come to the Gulf Coast soon. While Texas has started a campaign telling people to protect themselves from mosquito […]

Texas Medicaid Expansion and Coverage Gap Estimates Need Some Updating

We get a lot of “numbers” questions: about uninsured Texans, and Texas Medicaid, and about how many could get covered if our state accepted federal dollars allocated to cover our low-income adults.  One challenge is that the numbers keep changing over time.  This blog post launches our latest updated estimates of the number of uninsured […]