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 […]

ACA and Your Taxes, Part Two

Melissa McChesney

Earlier this week we released Part One of this series which discusses the impact of the ACA on tax filing for people who had health insurance for all of 2014. In Part Two, we provide an overview of the impact for people who did not have health insurance for some or all of 2014. The […]

ACA and Your Taxes, Part One

Melissa McChesney

It’s tax time, and one of the big changes many people will see on their taxes this year has to do with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a result, everyone will see new questions, and some may need to use new forms when filing their federal income taxes for 2014. In this two-part blog […]

You Had Me at “Early Education”

Governor Abbott’s first State of the State address started out strong, but then he lost me. I was pleased to hear the Governor declare early education his first “emergency item,” saying “our children and their future have no time for delay.” Pre-Kindergarten is the smartest and most cost-effective investment in education – yet only 52 […]