Important Mental Health Bills Would Assure Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

Texans in need of mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) care too often experience barriers to assistance because insurance companies fail to comply with mental health parity laws. Mental health parity means that insurance benefits for mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) care are equal to coverage for physical health care. For example, […]

When Does Texas Senate’s Deep Medicaid “Under-Funding” become a “Cut”?

Anne Dunkelberg

This week CPPP joins dozens of other Texans—individuals and organizations—to testify on the Texas Senate’s current state budget proposal, Senate Bill 1. As our testimony details, we are alarmed by several key Senate budget proposals related to Medicaid: Not fully funding Medicaid in the final month(s) of the 2016-2017 budget, denying $1.2 billion in general […]

How an ACA Repeal Would Harm Texans

Anne Dunkelberg

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment deadline just one week away, it’s important to outline how important the landmark health law has been for Texans. Over 1.1 million Texans have selected plans in the health insurance Marketplace so far, with 27 percent of them being new to the Marketplace this year.  In our […]

Good News on Mental Health in Texas

Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

Building on the state’s recent progress in mental health capacity and quality is a top priority for lawmakers this Legislative Session, as identified in the interim report by the House Select Committee on Mental Health. CPPP is pleased to see this comprehensive and timely report. The report provides a detailed review of eight public hearings […]

Affordable Care Act Repeal Would Mean Less Mental Health Coverage

Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

In media coverage about what a full Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal would mean for Americans, the focus is usually on two main topics: insurance companies not being able to deny anyone with a pre-existing condition coverage, and young adults may stay covered on their parents’ insurance until they reach age 26.  While those are […]

Groups Urge State Leaders to Protect Health Care for All Texans

Anne Dunkelberg

Earlier this month, leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to all governors and state insurance commissioners requesting input on potential changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance sent a separate letter seeking similar input to members of the Republican Governor’s Association. As Congress […]

Equal Treatment for Mental Health Needs

Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

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 […]

Texas Has a Lot to Lose with a full ACA Repeal

Melissa McChesney

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 […]

What’s Next for the Affordable Care Act?

Anne Dunkelberg

Given the results of the national election, we know that many people concerned with Texans’ access to quality health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are uncertain about the future availability of coverage. It’s too early to predict what policy changes Texas and the rest of the country might see, but here are some things […]

This Veterans Day, Let’s Look at How Many Vets Lack Health Care

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This post was written by Kamia Rathore and it’s our second post in our Countdown to Coverage series.  Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, the number of uninsured veterans has dropped nationally. This trend has filtered down to Texas, but our state still has about 72,000 veterans who lack insurance—meaning Texas has the highest […]