Help Stop Health Care Repeal: Call Your Senators Now

Stacey Pogue

We finally know what’s in the secret bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and it’s still bad. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote next week on their disastrous health care repeal bill, which has made a few changes from the House-passed version, but in some critical ways it’s worse. Key problems in the […]

Federal Actions Cause Further Erosion of Individual Market Stability

Stacey Pogue

The Texas Health Insurance Marketplace and the individual market more broadly became less stable in 2017 as some high-profile insurers exited the market and others increased rates. Premiums for the “benchmark” plan (the second-lowest cost silver plan) in the Marketplace increased 11.7 percent in 2017 in Texas and 21.3 percent nationally. Studies have pointed to […]

In Shroud of Secrecy, Senate Will Not Make Health Care Repeal Bill Much Less “Mean”

Stacey Pogue

The U.S. Senate plans to vote on a health care repeal bill next week that has been crafted in secret.  The Senate inherited a terrible bill (American Health Care Act, AHCA) from the House that even President Trump now admits is “mean, mean, mean.”  Despite initial claims that the Senate would start over with a […]

Addiction Treatment: Expanded Access or Dramatic Cuts?

Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

Heroin and prescription drug addiction in the U.S. has skyrocketed over the past 25 years. Millions of people across the country are struggling to access needed substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services and are unable to recover. On May 17, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rob Portman (R-OH), Sharon Brown (D-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), […]

2017 Legislature out of Sync with Texas Values and Needs

Ann Beeson

With a few notable exceptions, the 85th Texas Legislative session was one of the ugliest and least productive in recent memory.

Looking at Medicaid in the 2018-2019 Texas Budget

Anne Dunkelberg

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on a $217 billion 2018-2019 budget, officially named Senate Bill 1. Eva DeLuna Castro has a good overview of the whole budget. Let’s take a closer look at the funding for Medicaid. Total funding for Medicaid in 2018-2019 is $62.4 billion All Funds ($26.3 billion non-federal). […]

Surprise Medical Billing Bill Signed Into Law

Stacey Pogue

Yesterday Gov. Abbott signed SB 507 into law, improving consumer protections related to surprise medical billing. Surprise out-of-network medical bills, sometimes called “balance bills,” happen when insurers and doctors fighting over prices jointly pass the buck to a patient who received out-of-network care unknowingly. The Texas Legislature has worked to address surprise medical bills consistently […]

Compare House and Senate Medicaid Funding sent to Conference Committee

Anne Dunkelberg

Putting House and Senate Budget Cuts in Perspective Eva DeLuna Castro’s Comparison of the Texas Senate and House Budgets includes some of the high-level concerns about the major gaps in both chambers’ Medicaid-Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) proposals. This post and a new linked detailed table provides more details on Medicaid-CHIP, with special focus on […]

Remembering the Bad Old Days of High-Risk Pools

Stacey Pogue

There seems to be a lot of nostalgia among lawmakers for “high-risk pools” these days. In the past, high-risk pools offered high-cost health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions who would have been denied standard coverage by insurers. First, the latest amendment to the federal health care repeal bill would let states gut coverage guarantees […]

ACA Repeal Scheme is Back with a New, Terrible Twist

Stacey Pogue

Media outlets are reporting that two members of Congress – the leaders of the far-right Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group, both composed of Republican members—have agreed to an amendment for the stalled U.S. House’s Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) repeal bill. The amendment would make a bad bill worse by gutting protections […]