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 […]

Ask Cheasty: Women’s Health, the ACA, and Angelina Jolie

In yesterday’s New York Times, Angelina Jolie got the world talking about breast cancer. Having been diagnosed with a “faulty” BRCA1 gene, and knowing she stood an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer, Jolie decided to take preventive action by having a double mastectomy before any cancer had ever appeared. Her courageous decisions – […]

New Federal Rule Highlights Importance of Accepting Federal Funds for a “Texas Solution”

The Associated Press reported this week that Texas hospitals could lose $56 million in 2014 in special Medicaid payments to hospitals that serve lots of people on Medicaid and the uninsured (so-called DSH or “disproportionate share hospital” payments). A newly proposed federal rule lays out a formula for how the federal budget will reduce those payments over […]

Consumers Need Strong Insurance Laws To Protect Them From Balance Billing

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

A couple of bills filed this session address “balance billing” in health insurance.  HB 3270 by Rep. Smithee puts into state law important new consumer protections against balance billing first adopted by the Texas Department of Insurance through agency rules in February.  As filed, SB 1197 by Sen. Taylor will strip some of those same […]