Consumers Need Strong Protections Against Balance Billing

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

This week, NBC 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth did a two-part investigative story on a Texas family’s repeated trouble with balance billing.  Melinda Allen went to the emergency room of a Fort Worth hospital with what she thought was appendicitis.  She was diagnosed with a large ovarian tumor that was removed two days later.  She went […]

CFED Scorecard: Texas Economic Ladder Needs Some Fixin’

Despite an improving national economy, 49.8 percent of Texas households are in a persistent state of financial insecurity, according to the 2014 CFED Assets & Opportunity Scorecard released today.  The number of households who have little or no savings to cover emergencies or to start building a better life has barely budged from last year’s […]

Medicaid Expansion Would Give Uninsured Texas Women Access to Health Care They Need

According to a new report released by the National Women’s Law Center, low-income Texas women without health insurance are less likely to get basic and consistent health and preventive care services than low-income women with health coverage, underscoring the need for Texas’ leadership to expand Medicaid coverage to uninsured women below the poverty line. Without […]

New ACA Enrollment Numbers Show Impressive Increase in Texas, But One Million Are Still Left Out

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

New Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers released today show 118,532 Texans have selected a health plan through the online Marketplace from October through the end of December, an impressive increase from about 14,000 last month.  Of those Texans that selected a plan, 74 percent received financial help to pay for it, providing encouragement for the […]

State’s Navigator Rule Could Impede Health Insurance Enrollment

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Last week, the Texas Department of Insurance released proposed rules on “navigators”—community organizations like the United Way that help uninsured people apply for health insurance.  As proposed, the rules could prevent or delay the important work of navigators.  Fort Worth Star Telegram editors agree, noting that the rules will impede insurance enrollment and hinder progress […]

My Healthcare.Gov Enrollment Experience

Working for a Better Texas

By Megan Randall Healthcare.gov is working better, faster, and more reliably.  Recent reports from the federal government indicate that more than 100,000 Americans, including 14,000 Texans, were able to sign up for health insurance plans online in November, which is more than four times how many people signed up in October.  Other reports are showing progress […]

High Risk Pool Coverage is Extended. A few more fixes needed.

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

RiskPoolExtension-Rathgeber11.21.13Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature passed a bill to wind down the Texas Health Insurance Pool.  The Texas Health Insurance Pool, or “high risk pool,” was created to provide coverage for Texans who were denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions.  It has been a lifeline for thousands of Texans for more than a decade, […]

With more than 6 million uninsured, navigators are crucial to connecting Texans to coverage

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Texas has a long, successful history of partnering with informed community-based groups to help people enroll in health coverage like Medicaid, CHIP and Medicare.  Navigators authorized under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are based on Texas and other states’ longstanding, successful enrollment partnerships.  But unlike other community-based enrollment assistance (which has been around for at least […]

Health Plan Cancellations: The Rest of the Story

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

For the last week or so, there’s been lots of news coverage of people enrolled in the individual insurance market getting discontinuation notices from their health insurance companies.  Up until recently, the news coverage has told only part of the story.  More and more, we are hearing that after the initial frustration of getting a […]

Setting the Record Straight on Pre- and Post-ACA rates

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

It seems that bogus comparisons of health insurance premiums before and after the Affordable Care Act (a.ka. Obamacare) keep popping up.  Many of these analyses are misleading at best—comparing apples to oranges and ignoring what people will actually pay once subsidies are included. Given that we probably  won’t see the end of these comparisons any […]