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 […]

My First Volunteer Shift at Insure Central Texas

It was Stacey Pogue’s great idea first to get trained as Certified Application Counselors (CACs) under the oversight of a US Department of HHS-approved entity.  What better way to contribute to the effort of getting Texans covered, and at the same time really find out how the new system works?  Foundation Communities, a wonderful Austin […]

Countdown to Coverage: Opening Day

Today’s opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace is kind of a big deal–for health care access, for Texas, for the nation, and for CPPP.  Many of you know that the Center was founded in 1985 by the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne with a mission to improve health care access for “poor and disenfranchised Texans.” […]

Countdown to Coverage: Overview of Marketplace Rates and Subsidies

Working for a Better Texas

By Megan Randall In another blog post, we showed you examples of actual Marketplace premiums across the state and how they vary by region, age, and subsidy level.  This post will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how insurers set premiums in the marketplace and how the subsidies are calculated. How Does Rating Work in the […]