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!
Tell President Trump Not To Cut Anti-Poverty Programs
Take Action! The public comment period is open through June 21
President Trump is floating extreme changes to the poverty measure that would take away food assistance, health care, and other forms of basic assistance over time from hundreds of thousands of Americans. They are doing this by trying to make a quiet sneak attack on how the poverty measure is updated each year. By using a lower measure of inflation to adjust the federal poverty line each year, they can reduce the number of people who qualify for essential health care, nutrition, and other work supports. This proposal is neither helpful or needed because 1) the poverty line is already below what is needed to raise a family, and 2) research shows that their proposed adjustment is less accurate for low-income families. They are not going through the traditional rule-making process for this proposal, nor have they done the kinds of research necessary to understand the full impact of the proposal on Americans’ health and wellbeing.
In fact, the proposal is projected to cause over 300,000 children to lose Medicaid or CHIP, 150,000 to lose health insurance premium assistance, and over 250,000 Medicare recipients ot lose their subsidies for prescription drugs. We must tell them to stop this sneak attack on low-income Americans.
Learn More: Join CPPP for a webinar on June 11
Tell HUD Not To Evict Immigrant Families
Take Action! The public comment period is open until July 9
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed a rule change to exclude “mixed-status” families from living in public housing and Section 8 programs. Mixed-status families are households that include both members who are eligible and ineligible for housing assistance based on their immigration status. More than one out of every four Texas kids has at least one parent who isn’t a U.S. citizen. HUD’s proposed rule would force families of mixed immigration status to either move out, or break up the family to receive housing assistance.
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