At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure.
Join CPPP in advocating for smart public policies at the federal, state and local levels!
Protect LGBTQ Access to Health Care
Take Action! The public comment period is open through Aug. 13.
The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights’ (HHS/OCR) has proposed rules that would remove nondiscrimination protections of gender identity under the Health Care Rights Law. Though the proposed rule will not change the law, it will encourage discrimination and invoke fear. By removing these protections, discrimination against LGBTQ patients will be encouraged. Not only will LGBTQ patients be affected by this rule, but women, people with limited English proficiency, and people with HIV/AIDS and other serious conditions will also be impacted.
Learn More: Families USA
Fight Attack on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Take Action! The public comment period is open through Sept. 23.
The Trump Administration is trying to bypass Congressional action on food assistance passed with proposed changing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”). 3.4 million Texans — kids, the elderly, people with disabilities, veterans and workers who don’t earn enough to feed their families — turn to SNAP to help buy food every month. It is the nation’s most effective anti-hunger program. Children from families who would lose their SNAP benefits under the proposed rule would also lose access to free lunches and breakfasts at school.
Fight Back After Lege Ignored Uninsured Kids, Moms & Workers
In the last legislative session, state leaders failed to address the fact that Texas has the nation’s worst uninsured rate for kids, the nation’s worst uninsured rate for women of childbearing age — with often devastating consequences for moms and babies — and the nation’s worst uninsured rate for adults. If we’re going to make more progress next session, we need to start organizing in our communities now to let our state leaders know that they let us down, and that we expect them to start working to expand health coverage. That’s why CPPP has joined several partner organizations from the Cover Texas Now coalition to launch the Healthcare Activist Leadership Network. Together, we can share information and resources to leverage the power of dozens of local and state groups and thousands of Texans to hold our lawmakers accountable.
Texas has more uninsured people than any other state and we know we can do better. Will you help Texans get the healthcare they deserve?
Learn More: Cover Texas Now