Grab Your Boots, It’s Legislative Session Time

As the 84th Texas Legislative Session begins, I feel energized, prepared and optimistic. Really! Yes, the every-other-year legislative session can be divisive and nerve-racking. But the Capitol belongs to all of us as Texans, and these 140 days are our chance to shape the state our children will inherit. Our offices are buzzing here at […]

Countdown to Coverage: December 15 Deadline for January 1 Coverage

We’re down to the wire if you need new health insurance to start on January 1, 2015. Today, December 15, is the final day to enroll if you need insurance coverage to start at the beginning of the year. If you are not ready to sign up today, you still have until February 15 to […]

NO Penalties for Texans in the Coverage Gap who are Uninsured

We told you in a recent post that over half of Americans without health coverage don’t know there is financial help available (discounted premiums, deductibles, co-pays)—even though nearly 9 in 10 enrollees last year got that help! Getting the word out can be tough. Many Texans are eligible for financial help, but a large number […]

Countdown to Coverage: It Pays to Shop Again to Renew

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

As we near the launch of the second Marketplace enrollment period this Saturday, uninsured consumers are gearing up to Stop, Shop, and Enroll. But what if you already have 2014 Marketplace coverage—do you also need to act during open enrollment? In general, most people with existing 2014 Marketplace coverage will be automatically re-enrolled in their […]

It’s Health Insurance Shopping Season

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Now that Election Day has passed, one of the most important decisions we can make is about which health-insurance plan to select for ourselves and our families. If you are one of the millions of Texans who lack health insurance, then starting Nov. 15 you will have another chance to sign up for a high-quality, […]

Countdown to Coverage: Marketplace Open for Shopping

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Two big things just happened related to the Health Insurance Marketplace. I’ll give you the good news first. Last night, the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov opened up for window shopping – you can see the plans and prices that will be available to you for 2015 coverage. This gives you several extra days to identify […]

Countdown to Coverage: Importance of Financial Assistance

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

UPDATE November 7, 2014: Earlier today the Supreme Court decided to hear King v. Burwell, a case about the subsidies in federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplaces. While this decision is troubling, there is no immediate impact to financial assistance available through the Health Insurance Marketplace. 84% of Texans received financial assistance in 2014 to access healthcare […]

Countdown to Coverage: Signup Assistance Makes a Difference

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Millions of uninsured Texans may be eligible for affordable coverage options in the new Health Insurance Marketplace, but too many don’t know about their coverage options or how to enroll. This is one reason why in-person enrollment assistance is critical. In-person assistance is incredibly effective, and research done during the first open enrollment period shows […]

Countdown to Coverage: Marketplace Enrollment Timeline

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

If you plan to look for new coverage or renew existing coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace at Healthcare.gov, you’ll want to keep a couple of key dates in mind. November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015 = Open Enrollment in the Marketplace Open enrollment is the time of the year when people can enroll […]

Analysis: What the New Census Data Tell Us

Like taking your temperature, reporting the annual poverty rate is a broad measure of how economically healthy Texas families are. This week’s U.S. Census release showed a small but significant decrease in Texas’ poverty rate of less than one percentage point. The 2013 poverty rate is 17.5 percent, or 4.5 million Texans living in poverty, […]