Texas Has a Lot to Lose in King v. Burwell

Melissa McChesney

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the King v. Burwell case. The plaintiffs argued that the Affordable Care Act should be read literally to allow subsidies to be provided only to taxpayers in Marketplaces established by individual states. This would prohibit the Marketplace established by the federal government from providing subsidies, and end all […]

Texas Medicaid Spending in Context

The 84th Legislative Session is now well underway, with committees appointed and holding hearings on budget and other important policy issues. In both House and Senate budget hearings, you may have heard legislators surprised to hear how much Texas Medicaid spending has grown. When we talk about increased Medicaid spending, we have to keep in […]

Grab Your Boots, It’s Legislative Session Time

As the 84th Texas Legislative Session begins, I feel energized, prepared and optimistic. Really! Yes, the every-other-year legislative session can be divisive and nerve-racking. But the Capitol belongs to all of us as Texans, and these 140 days are our chance to shape the state our children will inherit. Our offices are buzzing here at […]

NO Penalties for Texans in the Coverage Gap who are Uninsured

We told you in a recent post that over half of Americans without health coverage don’t know there is financial help available (discounted premiums, deductibles, co-pays)—even though nearly 9 in 10 enrollees last year got that help! Getting the word out can be tough. Many Texans are eligible for financial help, but a large number […]

It’s Health Insurance Shopping Season

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Now that Election Day has passed, one of the most important decisions we can make is about which health-insurance plan to select for ourselves and our families. If you are one of the millions of Texans who lack health insurance, then starting Nov. 15 you will have another chance to sign up for a high-quality, […]

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

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 […]

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 […]