Arkansas’ Private Option Could be Model for Texas

Despite exaggerated reports of its untimely death, Arkansas’ “Private Option” coverage expansion is alive, well, and in the black. In recent months several Republican-led states have taken steps to close their health insurance gaps and accept federal funds, Arkansas among them. Texans have closely watched our neighbor implement a unique coverage expansion plan, and there’s […]

Coverage Expansion Would Help Your County

Do you know how many local jobs would be created in your county if Texas closed the health care Coverage Gap? It’s easy to find out with our new fact sheets for every county in Texas. With the support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, we’ve created customized fact sheets that outline the economic […]

Health Care Coverage Comes to the Capitol Steps

Several hundred health care advocates from across Texas met at the Capitol this morning to rally for expanded health coverage for all Texans. The Cover Texas Now coalition organized Coverage Expansion Advocacy Day to bring together activists, health care leaders, faith communities, and business leaders to bring a public, statewide voice to the Capitol on […]

Texas Has a Lot to Lose in King v. Burwell

Melissa McChesney

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the King v. Burwell case. The plaintiffs argued that the Affordable Care Act should be read literally to allow subsidies to be provided only to taxpayers in Marketplaces established by individual states. This would prohibit the Marketplace established by the federal government from providing subsidies, and end all […]

ACA and Your Taxes, Part Two

Melissa McChesney

Earlier this week we released Part One of this series which discusses the impact of the ACA on tax filing for people who had health insurance for all of 2014. In Part Two, we provide an overview of the impact for people who did not have health insurance for some or all of 2014. The […]

ACA and Your Taxes, Part One

Melissa McChesney

It’s tax time, and one of the big changes many people will see on their taxes this year has to do with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a result, everyone will see new questions, and some may need to use new forms when filing their federal income taxes for 2014. In this two-part blog […]

Countdown to Coverage: Last Call to Enroll in 2015, Avoid Fines

Melissa McChesney

The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period for 2015 ends February 15, but there’s still time to sign up before the deadline. If you miss the deadline you will not be able to sign up for coverage until the fall, unless you have a qualifying life event. (Exception: enrollment in Texas Medicaid and CHIP for […]

Countdown to Coverage: Lack of Awareness Still a Huge Obstacle

Melissa McChesney

With just days left until the end of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Texas still has a long way to go to get eligible Texans enrolled in affordable health coverage. According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, at the end of the 2014 open enrollment period only 24 percent of potential […]

New Report: Texans Face Widespread Financial Insecurity

New data from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) show that our state’s growing economy is not providing sufficient economic opportunity for all Texans.  CFED’s annual Assets & Opportunity Scorecard ranks Texas at or near the bottom among all states on key measures of the ability of residents to achieve financial security, and several of […]

Countdown to Coverage: Getting Enrollment Assistance

Melissa McChesney

Cross-posted from The Texas Treatment Blog We are entering the homestretch of the 2015 open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, and it’s time for that final kick to get us over the finish line. Last year’s open enrollment in Texas saw a huge spike in enrollment in the final […]