This week, I shared this testimony with Senate Finance Committee members on the state’s Employee Retirement System: ERS is more than just retirement income for our state employees. As a Defined-Benefit pension plan, ERS retirement benefits are: an effective tool for the
Having access to wellness and preventive care services like well-woman exams, cancer screenings, and birth control helps all Texas women stay healthy, plan their futures, and provide the best life they can for their families. Just ask Anavi Cantu. She’s a 29-year-old
My testimony to the House Appropriations HHS subcommittee Monday highlighted large cost savings and new revenues Texas can expect if we accept the ACA opportunity to cover very low-income adults in Medicaid. You can download the full document here.
Today, our budget & health care teams hit the Capitol to brief legislators, their staff, and advocates on what makes a better Texas budget and better Texas health care for all families in our state. Thank you to all 165
“During his State of the State address last week, Gov. Rick Perry wisely noted that the decisions the Legislature makes today “will determine what Texas will look like for the next 50 years.” After touting Texas as a low-tax state,
This week, I submitted and delivered the following testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in regards to mental health funding in Texas: My name is Katharine Ligon. I am the Mental Health Policy Analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.
Today, Senate Finance began hearing testimony from Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies, which administer most of the state’s social services programs, such as health care for low-income Texans (4.3 million in 2013) enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP; child and
We’re #5! You have heard many times how Texas ranks 38th on state spending on public schools and 50th on state spending overall per resident. Well, finally Texas ranks 5th in something. Unfortunately, it’s in the ranking of how unfair our state
Today, the Governor delivered his 7th State of the State speech. Here are some of our takeaways… What we heard: Texas is a job creator. Actually, Texas has the third highest percentage of low-wage jobs that offer no benefits, benefits