Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

Equal Treatment for Mental Health Needs

Over the next few months, I’ll be writing about “mental health parity.”  This first post explains what “parity” is.  Future posts will look at ongoing mental health parity issues and the intersection with the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—including how efforts to repeal or replace the ACA could weaken today’s parity rules. The idea behind mental […]


Melissa McChesney

Texas Has a Lot to Lose with a full ACA Repeal

This post was written by Melissa McChesney and it’s the third post in our Countdown to Coverage series.  Since the ACA was implemented, Texas has seen historic reductions in the number of uninsured in our state. From 2013 to 2015, the uninsured rate in Texas dropped a total of 5 percentage points, with 1.1 million fewer uninsured […]


Ann Beeson

Just What We Needed

Last week was just what I needed. Over 300 advocates, policy experts, public officials and concerned Texans gathered in Austin for our biennial Dare Texas Summit. Surrounded by creativity, policy solutions, and great people, I recharged my batteries for the upcoming legislative session. Check out the photos from the event here and our recap video here! […]


Laura Rosen

Lessons from School-Based Children’s Savings for College Programs in Texas

Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) for College offer a promising strategy to get more Texas students to college and help students and parents build financial skills. CPPP and RAISE Texas have made several advances over the past five years to develop a model to expand access to CSAs, particularly in kindergarten through 8th grade alongside Texas’ […]