Texas Medicaid Expansion and Coverage Gap Estimates Need Some Updating

We get a lot of “numbers” questions: about uninsured Texans, and Texas Medicaid, and about how many could get covered if our state accepted federal dollars allocated to cover our low-income adults.  One challenge is that the numbers keep changing over time.  This blog post launches our latest updated estimates of the number of uninsured […]

San Antonio Kids: A Glimpse at Texas’ Future

Jennifer Lee

San Antonio has a rich history that illuminates much of the great cultural diversity of Texas’ past, while giving us a peek into the state’s future. Children living in the eight-county San Antonio metro area are 64 percent Hispanic, 25 percent White, 6 percent Black and 4 percent Asian, multiracial or some other race, which […]

1.3 Million Texans Signed Up For Marketplace Coverage

Melissa McChesney

In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final report for the 2016 open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplaces, established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This year enrollment in the Marketplace continued to grow with 1.3 million Texans selecting health plans in the Marketplace, 48 percent of […]

Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills May 4

Stacey Pogue

On May 4 at 9 a.m. the Senate Business and Commerce Committee will hold an interim hearing to monitor implementation of SB 481 from the 2015 session intended to help protect consumers from surprise medical bills. SB 481 was an important step in the right direction, allowing more Texas consumers to challenge surprise medical bills. […]

Maintaining Health Care Status Quo “Not in the Cards” for Texas

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It looks like Texas leaders might be on the clock to get the state’s health care system in line with the new way of doing business across the country. For several years, the federal government has sent billions of dollars to Texas and other states to help with the unpaid hospital bills left behind by […]

“1332 Waivers”: Opportunities for Innovation in Healthcare Coverage with Protections for Consumers

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Although the ACA expands health insurance coverage through Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace, it does not limit states to using only those two options in the future. Starting in 2017, states can seek federal approval of “1332 waivers” (or State Innovation Waivers) that allow states to waive key portions of the Affordable Care Act […]

ACA 6th Anniversary: Good Riddance!

Stacey Pogue

As we reflect on the Affordable Care Act on its 6th anniversary this week, it is easy to point to great new things ushered in by the law – like insurance coverage for 20 million previously uninsured Americans and the largest one-year drop in Texas’ uninsured rate to date. With so much focus on what […]

The Affordable Care Act and Your 2015 Taxes (part two)

Melissa McChesney

Part Two: I Didn’t Have Health Insurance in 2015 It’s tax season again and like last year we are providing high-level information on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacts personal income taxes. Earlier this week, we released Part One of this series which discusses the impact of the ACA on tax filing for people […]

The Affordable Care Act and Your 2015 Taxes (part one)

Melissa McChesney

Part One: I Had Insurance in 2015 It’s tax time again, and it’s the second year people will see changes to their income tax filing because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is the first of our now-annual two-part blog series on the ACA and taxes, focusing on taxpayers who had health coverage in […]

What is the Texas Coverage Gap?

Find this blog post at bit.ly/CPPPcoveragegap or download a fact sheet here. Between 750,000 and 1 million uninsured adult Texans are in the Coverage Gap, meaning they have no affordable health insurance options today, but they would be covered if our state accepted new federal health care funds that are available for their coverage. The Coverage […]