Open Letter to State Budget Conferees

Today, we sent a letter to the budget conferees outlining our recommendations for reconciling the differences between the House and the Senate regarding health and human services and public and higher education. The conference committee will probably finish making its decisions by Friday, May 10. Only a few days are left for you to make […]

There Is No Excuse For Texas Not To Reach A Deal With Medicaid Expansion

Unless our state takes action soon, come Jan. 1, 2014, Texas adults just below the poverty line, such as parents in a family of 4 living on $23,000 a year, will have no access to affordable health care under the Affordable Care Act.  But their neighbors with a family of 4 living on $29,000 a year—just […]

Thousands of Texas Veterans to Benefit from Medicaid Expansion

Working for a Better Texas

More than 66,000 uninsured Texas veterans and their spouses could gain health care coverage if the state moves forward with Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. In Texas, more than 200,000 veterans and their spouses are uninsured – the highest of any state in the nation. Under the ACA, states have the opportunity to […]

Nifty Data App Shows Local Impact Of Family Planning Cuts

Our friends at the Texas Policy Evaluation Project have created a new online data app that shows the impact of the 2011 family planning budget cuts on local communities. Check it out here. Lead investigator Dr. Joe Potter and graduate research assistant Amanda Stevenson combed through mountains of state data to determine how each county, […]

Medicaid In Other States: Arizona, Maine, and Arkansas

The Medicaid Expansion dialogue got another big day of media coverage on April 1, with the Governor hosting one press conference of skeptics, and another group of elected officials supporting expansion. CPPP’s statement on our bottom line priorities for Medicaid expansion in Texas emphasizes that the other conservative states striking bargains with the federal government […]

Statement on Expanding Medicaid–Texas Can Make a Good Deal

(AUSTIN, Texas)–April 1, 2013–The Center for Public Policy Priorities Associate Director Anne Dunkelberg made the following statement in response to questions raised by our state leadership about expanding Medicaid: “All Texans deserve quality, affordable health care, and expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act provides Texas with an opportunity to dramatically reduce the number of […]

OPED–Preventive Care & Contraception For All TX Women Is Essential For Families’ Well-Being

“For Texas women, access to family planning and basic health care isn’t a women’s issue or political issue; it’s a family issue. If the Legislature truly wants to invest in the future of our state and make life better for all families, lawmakers must adequately fund basic women’s health care and contraceptive services, and they […]

On The Road To A BETTER TEXAS

At CPPP, we believe in the people of Texas. And we believe that all Texans deserve a chance to live a safe and healthy life–seeing a doctor when they need one, having healthy food on the table, and getting the education they need to secure their economic future. But what does it take for families […]

First Hearing Reveals Robust Texas Conversation on Medicaid Expansion

Last Friday was a double-feature for Capitol watchers and health care fans, but the policy in the spotlight will touch every Texan. Chairman Pitts of the House Appropriations committee devoted three hours to invited testimony on Medicaid expansion and Texas.  The LBB laid out their estimates of costs, noting that they are working on—but have not […]

211 Data: Austin-area residents struggling to make ends meet

We believe that every Texas family has the right to live a safe and healthy life. That means stable housing, nutritious food on the table, and access to a good education and training for the jobs of today . . . and tomorrow. Recent data from the United Way of Greater Austin’s 211 Navigation Center […]