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 […]

2013 Lege–Mental Health

Katharine Ligon

This is the first legislative session the Center will have a dedicated staff member to focus on issues related to behavioral health.  In this position I will research, analyze and advocate for policies and fiscal matters that enhance the quality and capacity of mental health and substance abuse services and treatment in Texas. There will […]

2013 Lege–Health Insurance Reform

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

In 2014, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare) will usher in sweeping and welcome changes to the Texas insurance market.  No, I’m not talking about health insurance exchanges, which get lots of attention and will certainly bring welcome change to the market.  Although at least one bill that creates a state exchange, S.B. 84, has […]

Insurance Oversight Saves Money for Consumers (in Other States)

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

The state of Colorado recently rejected a health insurance rate increase from Cigna that on average would have raised rates 24 percent, with increases for individuals ranging from 10 percent to 75 percent.  Experts in the Colorado Division of Insurance who reviewed and rejected the increase expressed concern that it was much higher than increases […]

The Budget Puzzle–Part Three

The 2014-15 consolidated HHS proposal to provide CHIP and Medicaid-supported health care, Early Childhood Intervention programs, foster care/child protective services, state hospitals, and various public health and nutrition services includes the following: a $1.4 billion General Revenue baseline increase (from $27.7 billion in 2012-13, after paying the Medicaid I.O.U., to $29.1 billion in 2014-15); $1.6 […]

A More Affordable Option for Texans with Pre-Existing Conditions in 2014

Working for a Better Texas

By Marcus Denton The Texas Health Insurance Pool (THIP) insures more than 23,000 Texans with pre-existing health conditions. Beginning in 2014, THIP enrollees will be able to buy coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Exchange and will no longer be denied insurance or charged more based on their health status. To obtain a […]