TX House Pays Our Unpaid Bills & Prevents Job Losses

The Texas House has approved the first of a few supplemental spending bills that will be enacted for state fiscal 2013, which ends this August. HB 10 authorizes $4.5 billion in General Revenue needed to pay about six months’ worth of Medicaid and CHIP bills, a shortfall that was deliberately written into the 2012-13 budget during […]

OPED–Insurance Department Needs Teeth

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

“Imagine a jury that can find a criminal guilty but can’t sentence that person to jail. How about a cop that can pull you over for speeding but can’t write a ticket? Or, a referee that can throw a flag but can’t impose a penalty. Whoever oversees the rules in life needs to be able […]

Covering More Low-Income Adults Will Save TX Money & Bring In New Revenue

My testimony to the House Appropriations HHS subcommittee Monday highlighted large cost savings and new revenues Texas can expect if we accept the ACA opportunity to cover very low-income adults in Medicaid. You can download the full document here. 

OPED–Texans Need Better Health Coverage

In his weekly Austin American-Statesman column, our executive director F. Scott McCown writes about how important health insurance is to Texans, and how strengthening Medicaid would boost our state’s future – “Last April, I was diagnosed with leukemia. My only symptom was a persistent low-grade fever. Without health insurance, I wouldn’t have gone to the […]

Budget & Health Care Presentations Available To Download

Working for a Better Texas

Today, our budget & health care teams hit the Capitol to brief legislators, their staff, and advocates on what makes a better Texas budget and better Texas health care for all families in our state. Thank you to all 165 of you who could attend! If you couldn’t be there in person, we have all […]

Medicaid, Family Planning, and SB1

Today, our associate director and senior health policy analyst Anne Dunkelberg testified on the benefits of strengthening Medicaid, as well as funding women’s health & family planning in Texas, at the Senate Finance Committee hearing. You can access her written testimony here.

HHSC Is the Most Underfunded Health Care Agency in SB1

Today, Senate Finance began hearing testimony from Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies, which administer most of the state’s social services programs, such as health care for low-income Texans (4.3 million in 2013) enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP; child and adult protective services; the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps; and community and nursing-home […]

What We Heard & Didn’t Hear in the State of the State Speech

Today, the Governor delivered his 7th State of the State speech. Here are some of our takeaways… What we heard: Texas is a job creator. Actually, Texas has the third highest percentage of low-wage jobs that offer no benefits, benefits that help lift families out of poverty or keep them from falling further into poverty. […]

Health Care Boot Camp Presentations Are Now Available

Were you at the Capitol last week for the our Texas Well & Healthy Medicaid and ACA Boot Camps? The turnout was phenomenal, and we were so pleased to see so many legislative staffers and advocacy groups in the room. If you couldn’t make it, however, never fear. Now’s your chance to catch this information through our […]

New Tool Highlights What Texas Families Must Earn to Meet Basic Needs

Today we released a new data tool that finds that what a two-parent household with two children in Texas must earn to cover basic expenses like affordable housing, food, child care, and health care ranges from $35,320 a year in Abilene to $50,023 a year in Austin/Round Rock/San Marcos, and that’s without family, community, or […]