Limiting Surprise Medical Bills

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

No one likes an unexpected bill, but Texans are fed up with the surprise bills they receive after ER visits, even when they go to hospitals in their insurance network. This session the Legislature is listening to them. Michael Fryar from Grapevine went to an in-network ER for appendicitis, and later got a surprise bill […]

Refunds and Repayments from Marketplace Subsidies Very Likely

Melissa McChesney

Last January people across the country began receiving subsidies as they signed up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These subsidies help pay premiums for individuals enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) through the Marketplace. In the first (2014) open enrollment period, 733,757 Texans […]

SB 1475 Establishes Medicaid Managed Care Consumer Supports

CPPP was joined by a large and diverse group of Texas organizations in supporting SB 1475 by Senator Sylvia Garcia, establishing a Medicaid Managed Care Consumer Support System. Texas Medicaid Managed Care was first piloted in four counties in 1994, and is now in all 254 counties. Over 3.6 million of Texas’ 4 million Medicaid […]

Closing the Coverage Gap: What You Need to Know

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Guest post via Texas Well and Healthy What is the Coverage Gap? About 1 million uninsured Texans are in the Coverage Gap, meaning they have no affordable health insurance options but would be covered if the state accepted new federal health care funds intended for them. They do not receive health insurance from their employers. They […]

Fuel for the Legislative Session

Halfway through the Texas Legislative Session, the pace is faster and the stakes are higher. Want to know what helps me ride the proverbial waves at the Capitol? Stepping just outside the pink dome. The stately old live oaks and spring-blooming trees put everything in perspective, and offer shade while I chat with concerned Texans, […]

Arkansas’ Private Option Could be Model for Texas

Despite exaggerated reports of its untimely death, Arkansas’ “Private Option” coverage expansion is alive, well, and in the black. In recent months several Republican-led states have taken steps to close their health insurance gaps and accept federal funds, Arkansas among them. Texans have closely watched our neighbor implement a unique coverage expansion plan, and there’s […]

Coverage Expansion Would Help Your County

Do you know how many local jobs would be created in your county if Texas closed the health care Coverage Gap? It’s easy to find out with our new fact sheets for every county in Texas. With the support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, we’ve created customized fact sheets that outline the economic […]

Health Care Coverage Comes to the Capitol Steps

Several hundred health care advocates from across Texas met at the Capitol this morning to rally for expanded health coverage for all Texans. The Cover Texas Now coalition organized Coverage Expansion Advocacy Day to bring together activists, health care leaders, faith communities, and business leaders to bring a public, statewide voice to the Capitol on […]

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 […]