New Tool Highlights What Texas Families Must Earn to Meet Basic Needs

Today we released a new data tool that finds that what a two-parent household with two children in Texas must earn to cover basic expenses like affordable housing, food, child care, and health care ranges from $35,320 a year in Abilene to $50,023 a year in Austin/Round Rock/San Marcos, and that’s without family, community, or […]

SB 1 Is 11% Below What’s Needed for a Better Texas

Today, the Senate Finance committee kicked off public hearings on Senate Bill 1, the proposed state budget for 2014 and 2015. At $89 billion in General Revenue, the Senate’s starting point is 8 percent below a conservative estimate of the $97 billion needed just to keep the “bare bones” budget going while retaining all the […]

Concerns Remain About State WHP Capacity

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Earlier this week, HHSC released a study finding that in most areas of the state, other providers can serve Women’s Health Program clients who can no longer go to Planned Parenthood.  The study shows that the 51 Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas served more WHP clients in 2012 than ALL the other 1,948 near-by WHP […]

2013 Lege–Medicaid & CHIP

There’s plenty happening with Medicaid and CHIP this session. The first big hurdle in 2013 will be ensuring that the “Medicaid IOU”–$3.7 billion at HHSC, and another $1 billion at DADS = $4.7 billion total–gets paid in full quickly by the 83rd Legislature, because the agencies can’t keep paying doctors, hospitals, etc. past March 2013. […]

The Budget Puzzle–Part Three

The 2014-15 consolidated HHS proposal to provide CHIP and Medicaid-supported health care, Early Childhood Intervention programs, foster care/child protective services, state hospitals, and various public health and nutrition services includes the following: a $1.4 billion General Revenue baseline increase (from $27.7 billion in 2012-13, after paying the Medicaid I.O.U., to $29.1 billion in 2014-15); $1.6 […]

Legislators Discuss Reversing Costly Family Planning Cuts

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

On Friday, the Texas Tribune and New York Times reported that some Texas legislators are considering reversing some of the drastic cuts they made in 2011 to subsidized family planning services. Updated projections from the state’s Medicaid agency show that $73 million in cuts will result in an additional 23,800 Medicaid-funded births from unintended pregnancies […]

ACA Medicaid Coverage Opportunity Best Deal for Texas Taxpayers

Texans aren’t the only ones thinking about the great fiscal deal the now-optional ACA Medicaid expansion would be for our state.  The Atlantic’s Jordan Weissman blogged last week, using Texas to illustrate the huge expansion of coverage and bargain price tag the opportunity offers. If you have read CPPP’s county-level fact ACA fact sheets, then […]

DSHS Finalizes Rules for State GR-Funded Women’s Health Program

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

As I wrote last week, HHSC announced that will wait to convert the Medicaid Women’s Health Program to a fully state-funded program. Still, the rules that would run the state-funded program exclude Planned Parenthood, jeopardizing access for so many eligible Texas women. It’s worth noting that yesterday, a Travis County judge ruled that Planned Parenthood […]

Women Can Still Get Services in Women’s Health Program, for Now

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

By Stacey Pogue This week, the Governor and HHSC Executive Commissioner announced a wise decision to continue with the Medicaid Women’s Health Program while courts decide whether the state can exclude Planned Parenthood.  The state is postponing plans to convert the program into a fully state-funded program designed to exclude Planned Parenthood, the largest provider […]

VIDEO: What Is this Medicaid Expansion all about?

By Texas Well and Healthy staff Are you looking for more information about how strengthening Medicaid will impact Texas? Cheasty and the Texas Well and Healthy team has all the answers for you – in English and Spanish!