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, […]

Medicaid In Other States: Arizona, Maine, and Arkansas

The Medicaid Expansion dialogue got another big day of media coverage on April 1, with the Governor hosting one press conference of skeptics, and another group of elected officials supporting expansion. CPPP’s statement on our bottom line priorities for Medicaid expansion in Texas emphasizes that the other conservative states striking bargains with the federal government […]

Statement on Expanding Medicaid–Texas Can Make a Good Deal

(AUSTIN, Texas)–April 1, 2013–The Center for Public Policy Priorities Associate Director Anne Dunkelberg made the following statement in response to questions raised by our state leadership about expanding Medicaid: “All Texans deserve quality, affordable health care, and expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act provides Texas with an opportunity to dramatically reduce the number of […]

Bills Wind Down The Texas Health Insurance Pool When It Is No Longer Needed

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Since 1998, the Texas Health Insurance Pool (the state’s high risk pool) has been providing health insurance coverage to Texas residents who cannot get coverage in the private market because they have pre-existing medical conditions. Since its inception, the pool has offered a lifeline to many Texans, but because its coverage is expensive—as required by […]

Navigators Are Essential In Enrolling Newly-Eligible Texans In Health Coverage

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Today, I testified in support of HB 459 which authorizes the ACA Navigator program in state law and coordinates state-level oversight with the federal exchange to prevent duplication.  Pogue reminded committee members that in 2014, individuals can enroll in Medicaid, CHIP, and private coverage through the exchange, and Navigators are one form of in-person assistance that […]


At CPPP, we believe in the people of Texas. And we believe that all Texans deserve a chance to live a safe and healthy life–seeing a doctor when they need one, having healthy food on the table, and getting the education they need to secure their economic future. But what does it take for families […]

Researchers Explain Their County-Level Estimates of Texas ACA Insurance Coverage & Medicaid Expansion

Last Friday was a circus for Medicaid and health care watchers.  Just down the hall, as the hearing we blogged about earlier this week went into its third hour of Medicaid Expansion discussion, 80-something Capitol folk tore themselves away from the hearing to attend our research briefing, sponsored by Methodist Healthcare Ministries, exploring similar ground.  […]

First Hearing Reveals Robust Texas Conversation on Medicaid Expansion

Last Friday was a double-feature for Capitol watchers and health care fans, but the policy in the spotlight will touch every Texan. Chairman Pitts of the House Appropriations committee devoted three hours to invited testimony on Medicaid expansion and Texas.  The LBB laid out their estimates of costs, noting that they are working on—but have not […]

211 Data: Austin-area residents struggling to make ends meet

We believe that every Texas family has the right to live a safe and healthy life. That means stable housing, nutritious food on the table, and access to a good education and training for the jobs of today . . . and tomorrow. Recent data from the United Way of Greater Austin’s 211 Navigation Center […]