Unusual Suspects Call for Expanded Health Care in Texas

I don’t pay much attention when a car dealer tries to sell me extra products and services that I don’t need. But I listen closely when a prominent Republican elected official in Texas says we need to expand health care access for low-wage workers. This month Harris County Judge Ed Emmett joined five other county […]

#NWHW: Women and the Affordable Care Act

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Last week during National Women’s Health Week (#NWHW), the Kaiser Family Foundation released findings from the 2013 Kaiser Women’s Health Survey.  The survey looks at a range of women’s health issues and helps establish a baseline for changes that women may experience as a result of the Affordable Care Act .  The ACA makes significant improvements […]

734,000 Texans Obtained Private ACA Health Coverage

Working for a Better Texas

A total of 734,000 Texans purchased health insurance through the federal Marketplace from October 1, 2013 to April 19, 2014, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Despite state leaders’ opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 439,000 Texans selected a private plan in March and April, compared to 295,000 prior to […]

The Supreme Court Takes Up Women’s Contraceptive Insurance Benefits

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on a lawsuit involving women’s preventive health care benefits guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).  At issue is whether for-profit employers can opt out of covering contraception in their health insurance plans  if the business owner has a religious objection to birth control.  The ACA requires most […]

Customizing Coverage Gap Solutions: Update on State Approaches and Variations

Just weeks away from the March 31 closing of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) open enrollment period for 2014, thoughts are turning to how to help the folks who will remain uninsured.  The open enrollment process has brought home to low-income Texans—and the community groups and health care providers helping them to apply—the stark reality […]

Enrollment Opportunities for Texas Latinos

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By Megan Randall With the end of open enrollment rapidly approaching on March 31, the federal government and community groups are ramping up enrollment outreach to Latino communities across the country. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with Enroll America and a host of additional community organizations, will host two […]

The Final Rule for ACA Navigators: Better or Worse and How to Proceed?

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

The Texas Department of Insurance recently finalized rules that require “navigators” to register with the state and take additional training. CPPP chronicled the changes made in the final rule and questions moving forward in a new policy page. Navigators under the Affordable Care Act are organizations and individuals who are trained, certified, and funded by […]

Consumers Need Strong Protections Against Balance Billing

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

This week, NBC 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth did a two-part investigative story on a Texas family’s repeated trouble with balance billing.  Melinda Allen went to the emergency room of a Fort Worth hospital with what she thought was appendicitis.  She was diagnosed with a large ovarian tumor that was removed two days later.  She went […]

CFED Scorecard: Texas Economic Ladder Needs Some Fixin’

Despite an improving national economy, 49.8 percent of Texas households are in a persistent state of financial insecurity, according to the 2014 CFED Assets & Opportunity Scorecard released today.  The number of households who have little or no savings to cover emergencies or to start building a better life has barely budged from last year’s […]

Medicaid Expansion Would Give Uninsured Texas Women Access to Health Care They Need

According to a new report released by the National Women’s Law Center, low-income Texas women without health insurance are less likely to get basic and consistent health and preventive care services than low-income women with health coverage, underscoring the need for Texas’ leadership to expand Medicaid coverage to uninsured women below the poverty line. Without […]