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, […]

Census Data Show Tiny Gain in Texas Health Coverage, but Change in Census Survey Requires New Comparisons

On Tuesday, September 16, the U.S. Census Bureau released annual estimates on health insurance coverage based on the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the American Community Survey. To better understand the difference between the two surveys, view our side-by-side comparison. The new data released today are for 2013, and do not include the effects of the full […]

New Report Shows Surprise Medical Bills Taking Toll on Texans

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Most of us will end up in an emergency room at some point.  And when we do, we’ll probably have no choice which physicians treat us and no ability to ensure they are part of our insurance company’s network of preferred providers. As Texas consumers, we may reasonably expect that if treated in an in-network […]

Young and Concerned About my Future

Brakeyshia Samms, State Policy Fellow

Am I one of the few millennials interested in the Texas budget? Many of my peers don’t appreciate how the state’s investment decisions will determine the future Texas that we all inherit. With pre-legislative session budget hearings just beginning, now is the time for us to get involved and push for funding for the things […]

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 […]