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 […]

ACA Medicaid Coverage Opportunity Best Deal for Texas Taxpayers

Texans aren’t the only ones thinking about the great fiscal deal the now-optional ACA Medicaid expansion would be for our state.  The Atlantic’s Jordan Weissman blogged last week, using Texas to illustrate the huge expansion of coverage and bargain price tag the opportunity offers. If you have read CPPP’s county-level fact ACA fact sheets, then […]

VIDEO: Can You Name 1 of the 10 Essential Health Benefits?

Don’t worry if you can’t! We’ve got you covered. Texas Well and Healthy community educator Cheasty Anderson lists the benefits that are now mandatory for all insurance companies to provide for people buying health care on the individual market. Benefits like maternity and newborn care, pediatric services, hospitalizations… we won’t spoil the rest! Watch our […]

Texas Will Still Have a Health Exchange in 2014

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

The federal government has extended the deadlines for states to opt in to running or helping to run health insurance exchange starting in 2014.  The initial deadline was today, but states now have until December 14 to declare their intention to administer the exchange at the state-level, and until February 15, 2013 to choose to […]

VIDEO: Preventive Care at No Extra Cost. Thank You, Health Care Reform!

Cheasty explains the preventive care provision of the Affordable Care Act in this week’s Texas Well and Healthy video! Watch to find out why services such as annual checkups won’t cost you anything extra at the doctor’s office, but will instead be covered by your insurance premium you’re paying every month!  

VIDEO: What Is this Medicaid Expansion all about?

By Texas Well and Healthy staff Are you looking for more information about how strengthening Medicaid will impact Texas? Cheasty and the Texas Well and Healthy team has all the answers for you – in English and Spanish!