10 Days Left

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With 10 days left in the 84th Legislative session, there are still a handful of major decisions pending. Here is a preview of upcoming action we’re watching and some of our work from the past week. What we’re watching: The full Senate should consider HB 1624, a good bill that would help people shopping for […]

Down to the Wire

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Hundreds of bills have run out of time in the Texas Legislature, but a flurry of amendments and maneuvers mean several policy solutions – and some policy nightmares – still have a chance of passing. Here is a preview of upcoming action we’re watching and some of our work from the past week. What we’re […]

The Coverage Gap and the Welcome Mat Effect

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By Caitlin Shea, CPPP Research and KIDS Count Intern What is the coverage gap? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was written to provide affordable health coverage to adults through two primary mechanisms: a Medicaid expansion for low-income adults, and Marketplace subsidies for adults living above the poverty level. However, a 2012 Supreme Court decision made […]

Scarlet Letters on Insurance ID Cards

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Imagine if your approximate income was printed on your health insurance ID card alongside your copay and deductible amounts. Would you consider it an invasion of privacy if staff at doctor’s offices, dentist’s offices, and pharmacies had income-related information? Or worry that you may be treated differently because of it? The Texas House of Representatives […]

2016-17 Legislative Budget Snapshot

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With just weeks remaining in the regular session of the 84th Legislature, House and Senate conferees are working out the two chambers’ different versions of House Bill 1, the 2016-17 General Appropriations Act. Wherever different levels of funding are proposed, the conferees may choose to go with the lower amount, the higher amount, or compromise […]

5 Things to Know As Feds Question Texas’ Uncompensated Care Waiver

In a phone call to the state’s Health and Human Services Commission last week, the federal government told Texas that its decision on continuing the “uncompensated care” portion of the 1115 Medicaid waiver will take into account whether the state accepts new Medicaid funds. CPPP has released a helpful fact sheet on the Texas 1115 Waiver […]

Limiting Surprise Medical Bills

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

No one likes an unexpected bill, but Texans are fed up with the surprise bills they receive after ER visits, even when they go to hospitals in their insurance network. This session the Legislature is listening to them. Michael Fryar from Grapevine went to an in-network ER for appendicitis, and later got a surprise bill […]

Refunds and Repayments from Marketplace Subsidies Very Likely

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Last January people across the country began receiving subsidies as they signed up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These subsidies help pay premiums for individuals enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) through the Marketplace. In the first (2014) open enrollment period, 733,757 Texans […]

Closing the Coverage Gap: What You Need to Know

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Guest post via Texas Well and Healthy What is the Coverage Gap? About 1 million uninsured Texans are in the Coverage Gap, meaning they have no affordable health insurance options but would be covered if the state accepted new federal health care funds intended for them. They do not receive health insurance from their employers. They […]

Fuel for the Legislative Session

Halfway through the Texas Legislative Session, the pace is faster and the stakes are higher. Want to know what helps me ride the proverbial waves at the Capitol? Stepping just outside the pink dome. The stately old live oaks and spring-blooming trees put everything in perspective, and offer shade while I chat with concerned Texans, […]