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.  […]

Countdown to Coverage: Health Insurance 101

Working for a Better Texas

By Megan Randall Starting October 1, 2013, Texans will have the opportunity to sign up for new health care coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Coverage for new enrollees will begin as early as January, 2014, and will include a number of new consumer protections. We know navigating health insurance plans can be daunting […]

Countdown to Coverage: Meet the Marketplace

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

With less than one month until more options for affordable health coverage are available through the Affordable Care Act, I want to introduce you to something new and wonderful. Texans, meet the new Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Marketplace is a new way to compare and shop for health insurance that fits your budget.  You can […]

Hitting the Road for ObamaCare (ACA) Education

With open enrollment for new affordable coverage (that starts as soon as Jan. 1, 2014) through the health insurance Marketplace beginning October 1, the CPPP health team is busy traveling and speaking to local forums across Texas to help community groups learn about what’s coming up.  Some places we talk for 30 minutes, sometimes for an hour….Take […]

2013 Lege Wrap-Up: Health Insurance Reform

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

The biggest news with health insurance in the 2013 legislative session is what did not pass.  Before it started, I hoped the session would help prepare Texas for big changes to the health insurance market in 2014—changes that are coming whether Texas is prepared or not!  For the most part, that didn’t happen. The Legislature missed […]

2013 Lege Wrap-Up: Medicaid & CHIP

Back in January, I noted that the most sweeping Medicaid issue of the 2013 session—with over a million uninsured Texans, billions of federal dollars for our economy, and hundreds of thousands of new jobs at stake—would be Texas’ opportunity to cover all citizen adults up to just above the poverty line in Medicaid, with a […]

Budget Conference Committee Proposal Doesn’t Account For Growth

With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative regular session, details and summary information on the 2013 and 2014-15 state budget deals are finally starting to emerge. The conference committee report for Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act for 2014-15, includes $94.6 billion in General Revenue spending, and an All Funds budget of […]

OPED– A ‘Texas Solution’ For The Affordable Care Act

“Because the governor is hesitant to expand Medicaid, the legislature will probably adjourn without taking full advantage of the dollars available to Texas to cover the uninsured through the Affordable Care Act. Fortunately there is more than one way to skin a cat, which in this case means a way to pull down all the […]