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!        

What Is the Big Idea, Anne?!

Frances Deviney

By Frances Deviney Well, Anne’s at it again! Our associate director Anne Dunkelberg has been sought out for her expertise on health policy in Texas for a new series of reports by First Focus called Big Ideas: Children of the Southwest. In it, experts from seven southwestern states talk about why we have a record […]

3 Great Tools on Medicaid Expansion and Texas, and One More to Read

The Affordable Care Act’s opportunity to cover more uninsured Texans under Medicaid starting in 2014 is such a big deal that some county officials are wondering how Texas can move forward, despite the governor’s reluctance.  We are lucky to have available three new tools to help us understand why the new option is so valuable […]

New Study Estimates the Impact the Affordable Care Act Will Have on Texas Counties

By Kevin C. Moriarty The fervor the U.S. Supreme Court decision over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this summer caused is understandable given how drastically the law is expected to change our healthcare delivery system. Since then, pundits, scholars, and people on all sides of the issue have offered wildly different estimates on who the […]

New Uninsured Numbers for Texas Children Show Slight Improvement

By Anne Dunkelberg Right after the new Current Population Survey data on the uninsured in Texas and the nation 2011 came out, I took an dive into numbers and was able to pull out some key initial numbers. No surprise, Texas still has the worst uninsured ranking in the country, with 6.08 million uninsured (23.8 […]

Family Planning Is Vital for Women’s Health

Stacey Pogue

By Stacey Pogue In a standing-room-only auditorium, CPPP staff shared testimony last week on proposed rules that would dramatically reduce access to services in the Texas Medicaid Women’s Health Program. Texas funds annual check-ups, family planning, and contraceptives for low-income women through two programs – Department of State Health Services family planning and the Medicaid Women’s […]