Countdown to Coverage: What Will It Cost?

Working for a Better Texas

By Megan Randall On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled preliminary rates for the Texas Health Insurance Marketplace, scheduled to launch October 1, 2013.  What do these preliminary rates mean for you and your health insurance options?  Below, we’ll walk through a few examples illustrating how actual Marketplace premiums in Texas […]

Countdown to Coverage: Have Questions About Fees?

Working for a Better Texas

By Megan Randall Starting October 1, 2013 many Americans will have the opportunity to enroll in new affordable coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  With these new coverage opportunities, however, comes a new requirement that most individuals have health insurance in 2014, or pay a fee to go uninsured.  The prospect of paying a […]

Countdown to Coverage: Choosing A Health Plan

Katharine Ligon

Selecting a health care plan for you or your family can be intimidating, especially if this is your first time and/or you have a chronic condition such as mental illness.  As we have shared with you in our blog series, Countdown to Coverage, there is a lot to understand before you select a plan and […]

Countdown to Coverage: ACA and Mental Health Benefits

Katharine Ligon

Access to behavioral health care is not just a matter of having health insurance; it also requires an adequate scope of covered benefits in a health plan.  For many years, benefits for Mental Health and Substance Use (MH/SU) services were not included in many health plans.  In addition, when an employer did chose to offer […]

New Census Data Released Today Underscore Texas’ Need for Affordable Health Coverage

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Center for Public Policy Priorities’ Anne Dunkelberg, associate director and senior health policy analyst, made the following statement about today’s release of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey: “Today’s release shows that Texas still has the highest rate of uninsured in the United States, at 24.6 percent, or 6.4 million, reaffirming the need […]

Countdown to Coverage: Young Adults and the Marketplace

Working for a Better Texas

By Megan Randall Young adults from ages 19 to 29 are one key group that stands to benefit from the launch of the new Health Insurance Marketplace on October 1. Young adults, like other age groups in the U.S., need a health insurance solution.  In a recent Commonwealth Fund survey, more than one third of […]

Countdown to Coverage: Uninsured and Unbanked

By Laura Rosen and Lauren Stebbins The October 1, 2013 opening day for Affordable Care Act Marketplaces is quickly approaching. While the new Health Insurance Marketplace is being established to reduce the numbers of uninsured, another effort is underway to ensure that unbanked individuals don’t face unnecessary barriers in getting health insurance.   Currently, insurance companies […]

Countdown to Coverage: Important Medicaid Changes, Even Without Expansion

Despite Texas elected officials’ current—and regrettable!—decision to exclude the poorest uninsured adult Texans from coverage in 2014, there are some important Medicaid changes afoot here for 2014.  In fact, all 50 states are making these changes, no matter what their current decision on adult Medicaid expansion.  Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s staff certainly know […]

Countdown to Coverage: How will Obamacare Affect YOU? Two Quick and Easy Tools

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll revealed that 51 percent of Americans feel they don’t have enough information about the ACA to understand how it will impact them and their family. We hope that share will drop  in the coming months as the roll out of new Health Insurance Marketplaces in October  brings with it […]

Countdown to Coverage: Key Dates

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

If you plan to look for coverage in the new Health Insurance Marketplace, you’ll want to keep a couple of key dates in mind.   October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014 = Open Enrollment in the Marketplace Open enrollment is the time of the year when people can enroll in plans in the Marketplace.  […]