Publications and Videos
Support for a Health Care Solution Across Texas Updated: May 2013
A list and an interactive map (link above) of cities, chambers of commerce, counties, and other organizations who support Texas accepting federal dollars to cover more than 1 million uninsured Texans.
Other States and Medicaid Expansion April 2013
Find out about how other states have found solutions right for their state when it comes to covering more of their people.
Stories of Texans who Would Benefit from Medicaid Expansion April 2013
Members of the press can connect with us to get in touch with people around the state willing to share their health care stories.
Who Supports Medicaid Expansion? March 2013
A list of local governments, chambers of commerce, and major organizations supportive of traditional Medicaid expansion.
Getting Ready for March 5 Packet for Participants and Virtual Advocacy Day Toolkit March, 2013 March 5 is “Texas Medicaid Matters” Health Care Advocacy Day at the Capitol and online, too! Get ready for the big day with these toolkits that have everything you need to know to be part of the reason that Texas protects Medicaid for kids and families and covers 1.5 million uninsured Texas children and hard-working adults, starting next year. (Spanish: Por qué Tejas necesita la solución de Medicaid)
Medicaid Expansion Resource Guide February, 2013
An analysis of what we know about how Texas would fare if the state accepts funds to cover more people on Medicaid.
Health Care Boot Camps: The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid January, 2013
These presentations explain what Texans need to know about the Affordable Care Act–including the essential health benefits (EHBs), the health insurance marketplace (also known as the Exchange), new industry regulations, consumer protections, and more–and Medicaid and the Medicaid expansion for 1.5 to 2 million uninsured Texans.
Getting Leaders to Call Upon Leaders: County Mobilization Toolkit January, 2013
How to get your local leaders’ help in getting the Texas Legislature to make the right call about Medicaid for Texans.
Cover Texas Now Legislative Agenda December, 2012
Our campaign works closely with a coalition of health care advocates who have set forth this agenda for the 83rd Texas Legislature.
3 Great Tools on Medicaid Expansion and Texas October, 2012
Why economists, demographers, and policy experts all conclude Texas needs this Medicaid solution.
Video One-Pagers and Health Care Testimonials October, 2012
Our community educator boils down the Affordable Care Act in bite-size pieces for our series of video one-pagers. Learn the facts about the law like: What’s happening with pre-existing conditions? What is a lifetime benefit cap? We release new answers each Wednesday. We also share stories from real Texans whose lives are changed by health reform.
How Texas County Uninsured Rates Will Drop Under Health Reform September, 2012
Will 4.4 million Texans have the chance to secure health coverage under the Affordable Care Act?
What We Know about the Medicaid Expansion August, 2012
As this paper from the Center for Public Policy Priorities explains, “The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 28 decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could benefit Texas more than any other state, offering an opportunity to dramatically improve uninsured rates, increase family economic security, and reduce uncompensated care burdens. Legal experts say that the only change to the ACA was the removal of a full loss of federal Medicaid funds as a potential penalty for states denying coverage to U.S. citizen adults in 2014.”
Expanding Coverage for Parents Helps Children July, 2012
This paper from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families explains why states like Texas would be making a smart investment in their future by taking up the option under the Affordable Care Act to enroll more low-income adults in Medicaid. It includes the finding that low-income children who are eligible for children’s health care programs are three times more likely to remain uninsured if their parents lack coverage, too.
What is Texas Medicaid? May, 2012
To save you time and effort, we’ve curated a number of resources to get you up to speed on Texas Medicaid, a program 1 in 3 Texas kids and many vulnerable adults count on for health care. In addition to the video short above, here’s additional background info from bite-sized, to appetizer, to dinner plate, and full course meal.
Health Reform in Texas: The Big Picture March, 2012
Because one of every four Texans is uninsured—the highest uninsured rate in the nation—Texas stands to gain more from Health Reform than any other state in terms of newly covered citizens and federal matching funds for new coverage.
Texans Have Priorities for Our State April, 2011
It’s not just about health care. Education, care for seniors, jobs, and other priorities that Texans hold dear are all shaped by the decisions of state lawmakers at the Capitol. This publication looks at what’s at stake for Texas in decisions made in Austin, how we got into a budget hole in the first place, and the options for getting us out of it.
No New Texas April, 2011
From the Alamo to the space shuttle, Texans have a long history of helping one another out and showing foresight. Choices being made in the Texas Legislature these days, however, go against that tradition. What’s at stake is the future we all share, as this video short explains.
The Impact of State Budget Cuts on Children and Us All March, 2011
Following budget cuts in the 2003 legislative session, 225,000 Texas children lost their health care. In 2011, lawmakers weighed Medicaid and CHIP budget cuts many times deeper. Challenging lawmakers to find a different budget solution is key to protecting the health of millions of Texans, preserving doctors’ and other health care providers’ ability to serve families, and keeping hospitals’ doors open for everyone.
Other Websites to Check Out
Official government agency sites:
Healthcare.gov offers lots of easy to understand information about what’s in the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact you. Learn when different parts of the law take effect, use an interactive tool to learn about your coverage options, and much more.
CHIPMedicaid.org is an official site where Texas families can enroll their children for public health care coverage at a cost of $50 or less per month. Find out if you qualify today!
HealthyTexasOnline.com is the Texas Department of Insurance’s website to help small businesses offer health benefits to their employees.
CHAP is the Texas Department of Insurance’s website for Texans who want to learn about their health care options. Though CHAP offices closed due to budget cuts in 2012, the website still offers some helpful information.
Texas groups and campaigns:
Cover Texas Now is a coalition of consumer and faith-based organizations that want to see the state of Texas implement a sustainable health care system and provide quality affordable health coverage to its citizens, including through successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Texas Impact is a statewide network of people of faith working for justice, including in terms of health care access. Its blog on state policy issues and library of web videos from the Capitol are useful tools for Texans seeking change from a faith perspective—or any perspective—in pursuit of a healthier Texas.
My Medicaid Matters Texas is a campaign led by individuals enrolled in Medicaid to educate Texans and rally support for a vital health care program. Sign the petition and more at the MMMTX.org site.
Texas CHIP Coalition is a statewide coalition working for strong Children’s Medicaid and CHIP programs in Texas. The coalition holds monthly meetings and has an active email list for advocates interested in a strong policy focus.
Tarrant County CHIP Coalition has a Healthy Children, Healthy Tomorrow blog dedicated to children who are uninsured or on Medicaid or CHIP in Texas. Blog posts break down the issues in ways that are easy to grasp and compelling, too.
National groups and campaigns:
KidsWell is a state and national campaign sponsored by Atlantic Philanthropies focused on successful health care reform implementation on behalf of children. The KidsWell campaign offers research and policy development; information about community organizing and civic engagement; and communications and advocacy on behalf of children’s health coverage.
Getting to the Finish Line is a national effort sponsored by the David & Lucille Packard Foundation with technical assistance provided by the Georgetown Center on Children and Families and Spitfire Strategies to get more uninsured children covered. Georgetown CCF’s Say Ahhh! blog offers running commentary on children’s health policy.
Families USA is a national organization seeking to improve health care for consumers and promote high-quality, affordable care throughout the U.S. Their blog Stand Up for Health Care features the latest action opportunities in user-friendly formats for everyday folks.