Texas Health Care Guide Helps Consumers

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Today CPPP debuted the Texas Health Care Guide to help Texans navigate their options for affordable health coverage. The new website helps users find expert resources on how to apply for coverage, how to choose a plan, how to use and understand insurance, and much more. Texans have more options than ever to access affordable […]

2nd Year of Modest Rate Increases in Texas Marketplace

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

This week, we got the first snapshot of Texas Marketplace premium rates for next year, and the modest average premium increases come as welcome news. Texans will see a 5 percent average premium increase for the second-lowest cost Silver-level plan (called the “benchmark” plan) in the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2016. The increase was 4 […]

Uphill Battle for Immigrants to get Insurance

Melissa McChesney

Last week we discussed how confusion about eligibility and fear can keep immigrants from accessing the affordable coverage now available to them through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This week we will look at common technical hurdles immigrants must overcome when they do attempt to enroll in affordable coverage in the Marketplace. Many immigrants may […]

Why Immigrants Struggle to Get Health Coverage

Melissa McChesney

For this week’s installment of Countdown to Coverage 2016 we’re looking at some of the challenges uninsured lawfully present immigrants often face when trying to get health insurance. Two key reasons why legal immigrants may go without health coverage are confusion about their eligibility to purchase Marketplace health plans, and fear that applying for health insurance […]

Need Health Insurance? Look Beyond Sticker Price

Melissa McChesney

Next month marks the beginning of the third open enrollment period, during which Texans can purchase insurance from Healthcare.gov, the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. In this edition of the Countdown to Coverage 2016 series, we’re exploring questions you should consider when choosing among the many health plans available in the […]

It Pays to Shop for Health Coverage

Melissa McChesney

Open enrollment for 2016 health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace starts on November 1. Health plan subscribers who are currently enrolled in a Marketplace plan soon will begin to receive notices on how they can renew their health coverage for 2016. Everyone who is currently enrolled in a Marketplace plan is given the option […]

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Timeline

Melissa McChesney

Welcome to our Countdown to Coverage 2016 blog series. Over the next several weeks we’ll provide the information consumers need to make the best health insurance choices for themselves and their families. Next month marks the beginning of the third open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace. This year’s open enrollment dates are a little different […]

Census Data Reveal New Facts on Health Insurance

There were several key takeaways from this week’s U.S. Census release about health insurance. Here are my favorites: Things got better There were over 700,000 fewer uninsured Texans in 2014 than in 2013 thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Texas’ overall (all ages) uninsured rate dropped from 22.1 percent in 2013 to 19.1 percent […]

ACA’s “Family Glitch” Hurts Millions

Melissa McChesney

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed 5 years ago, more than 16 million people have gained health insurance as a direct result of the law. Gallup recently released a poll showing that the uninsured rate in the U.S. in the first half of 2015 was approximately 11.7 percent, the lowest rate since they […]

High Enrollment in Medicaid Expansion Benefits States

Melissa McChesney

Many Republican leaders and other conservatives have argued strongly against Medicaid expansion. The claim is that higher-than-expected expansion will cost their states too much, leaving giant holes in their budgets. However, recent reports show the opposite, and states are finding billions of dollars in savings even with tens of thousands more residents enrolling in expanded […]