Countdown to Coverage: How will Obamacare Affect YOU? Two Quick and Easy Tools

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll revealed that 51 percent of Americans feel they don’t have enough information about the ACA to understand how it will impact them and their family. We hope that share will drop  in the coming months as the roll out of new Health Insurance Marketplaces in October  brings with it […]

Hitting the Road for ObamaCare (ACA) Education

With open enrollment for new affordable coverage (that starts as soon as Jan. 1, 2014) through the health insurance Marketplace beginning October 1, the CPPP health team is busy traveling and speaking to local forums across Texas to help community groups learn about what’s coming up.  Some places we talk for 30 minutes, sometimes for an hour….Take […]

Sizing Up The Texas Budget–Family Planning

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Devastating budget cuts to family planning in 2011 caused widespread collateral damage, leaving 147,000 Texas women without services and the women’s health safety net in tatters. This session, the Legislature took a big first step in repairing that damage by funding family planning programs that will serve approximately the same number of women Texas did […]

2013 Lege Wrap-Up: Medicaid & CHIP

Back in January, I noted that the most sweeping Medicaid issue of the 2013 session—with over a million uninsured Texans, billions of federal dollars for our economy, and hundreds of thousands of new jobs at stake—would be Texas’ opportunity to cover all citizen adults up to just above the poverty line in Medicaid, with a […]

Budget Conference Committee Proposal Doesn’t Account For Growth

With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative regular session, details and summary information on the 2013 and 2014-15 state budget deals are finally starting to emerge. The conference committee report for Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act for 2014-15, includes $94.6 billion in General Revenue spending, and an All Funds budget of […]

OPED– A ‘Texas Solution’ For The Affordable Care Act

“Because the governor is hesitant to expand Medicaid, the legislature will probably adjourn without taking full advantage of the dollars available to Texas to cover the uninsured through the Affordable Care Act. Fortunately there is more than one way to skin a cat, which in this case means a way to pull down all the […]

Ask Cheasty: Women’s Health, the ACA, and Angelina Jolie

In yesterday’s New York Times, Angelina Jolie got the world talking about breast cancer. Having been diagnosed with a “faulty” BRCA1 gene, and knowing she stood an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer, Jolie decided to take preventive action by having a double mastectomy before any cancer had ever appeared. Her courageous decisions – […]

New Federal Rule Highlights Importance of Accepting Federal Funds for a “Texas Solution”

The Associated Press reported this week that Texas hospitals could lose $56 million in 2014 in special Medicaid payments to hospitals that serve lots of people on Medicaid and the uninsured (so-called DSH or “disproportionate share hospital” payments). A newly proposed federal rule lays out a formula for how the federal budget will reduce those payments over […]

OPED–Lawmakers have an opportunity to do more for Texas kids

“When it comes to funding priorities for Texas children, legislators appear to be facing similar tough choices as they work to finalize the state budget. The Senate and House have proposed 2014-15 budgets that, at first glance, seem to highlight different priorities for Texas kids. For example, the House proposes more state money, about $1 […]

Comparing the House and Senate’s HHS Funding

To help you understand the differences between the Senate and House budgets, we’ve broken down their health and human services funding proposals into three papers, one comparing each chamber’s investments in Medicaid and CHIP for low-income, disabled Texans and children, each chamber’s investment in mental health and substance abuse services, and each chamber’s investment in […]