Sunset Challenge: Will Services to Most Vulnerable Texans Hold Steady During a New Re-Organization?

This month’s release of the Texas Sunset Commission’s staff report on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission gave health and wellness advocates things to cheer—and also brought a few sighs and shudders. At 225 pages and 15 chapters, the report includes important research and covers a giant swath of operations and programs that are […]

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 […]

Texas Needs an Ongoing Way to Invest in Basic Services

Last week, a House budget subcommittee addressed improving budget transparency by making the Texas budget less reliant on dedicated General Revenue balances. CPPP testified on the importance of finding ongoing ways to invest in public schools, higher education, health and human services, public safety, and other needs. Otherwise, reducing balances alone without finding alternative revenue streams that will […]

734,000 Texans Obtained Private ACA Health Coverage

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

My First Volunteer Shift at Insure Central Texas

It was Stacey Pogue’s great idea first to get trained as Certified Application Counselors (CACs) under the oversight of a US Department of HHS-approved entity.  What better way to contribute to the effort of getting Texans covered, and at the same time really find out how the new system works?  Foundation Communities, a wonderful Austin […]

Countdown to Coverage: Opening Day

Today’s opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace is kind of a big deal–for health care access, for Texas, for the nation, and for CPPP.  Many of you know that the Center was founded in 1985 by the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne with a mission to improve health care access for “poor and disenfranchised Texans.” […]

New Census Data Released Today Underscore Texas’ Need for Affordable Health Coverage

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Center for Public Policy Priorities’ Anne Dunkelberg, associate director and senior health policy analyst, made the following statement about today’s release of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey: “Today’s release shows that Texas still has the highest rate of uninsured in the United States, at 24.6 percent, or 6.4 million, reaffirming the need […]

Countdown to Coverage: Young Adults and the Marketplace

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By Megan Randall Young adults from ages 19 to 29 are one key group that stands to benefit from the launch of the new Health Insurance Marketplace on October 1. Young adults, like other age groups in the U.S., need a health insurance solution.  In a recent Commonwealth Fund survey, more than one third of […]