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 […]

Comparing the House and Senate’s HHS Funding

To help you understand the differences between the Senate and House budgets, we’ve broken down their health and human services funding proposals into three papers, one comparing each chamber’s investments in Medicaid and CHIP for low-income, disabled Texans and children, each chamber’s investment in mental health and substance abuse services, and each chamber’s investment in […]

Open Letter to State Budget Conferees

Today, we sent a letter to the budget conferees outlining our recommendations for reconciling the differences between the House and the Senate regarding health and human services and public and higher education. The conference committee will probably finish making its decisions by Friday, May 10. Only a few days are left for you to make […]

There Is No Excuse For Texas Not To Reach A Deal With Medicaid Expansion

Unless our state takes action soon, come Jan. 1, 2014, Texas adults just below the poverty line, such as parents in a family of 4 living on $23,000 a year, will have no access to affordable health care under the Affordable Care Act.  But their neighbors with a family of 4 living on $29,000 a year—just […]

Thousands of Texas Veterans to Benefit from Medicaid Expansion

Working for a Better Texas

More than 66,000 uninsured Texas veterans and their spouses could gain health care coverage if the state moves forward with Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. In Texas, more than 200,000 veterans and their spouses are uninsured – the highest of any state in the nation. Under the ACA, states have the opportunity to […]

Attention Community and Consumer Groups–Navigator Funding Announcement Released

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Three of four people who will be eligible for coverage through the new online health insurance marketplace opening in October say they want in-person assistance to help them learn about and enroll in coverage. Navigators—in-person assistance providers who will help consumers and small employers enrolling in the marketplace—are one of the ways the Affordable Care Act […]

HB 2782 Allows TDI to Deny Unreasonable Health Insurance Rates

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

When it comes to health insurance rate oversight, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is like jury that can find a criminal guilty but can’t impose a jail sentence, or a referee that can throw a flag but can’t impose a penalty.  TDI can review health insurance rate increases, but it cannot deny a rate […]

Nifty Data App Shows Local Impact Of Family Planning Cuts

Our friends at the Texas Policy Evaluation Project have created a new online data app that shows the impact of the 2011 family planning budget cuts on local communities. Check it out here. Lead investigator Dr. Joe Potter and graduate research assistant Amanda Stevenson combed through mountains of state data to determine how each county, […]