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 […]

Countdown to Coverage: Last Call to Enroll in 2015, Avoid Fines

Melissa McChesney

The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period for 2015 ends February 15, but there’s still time to sign up before the deadline. If you miss the deadline you will not be able to sign up for coverage until the fall, unless you have a qualifying life event. (Exception: enrollment in Texas Medicaid and CHIP for […]

HB 550/SB 219 Lay Foundation for Health and Human Services Agency Sunset Bills

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By Nikki Metzgar, CPPP Health Policy Intern Under the Sunset process, the “need for, performance of, and improvements to” Texas state agencies are periodically reviewed, sometimes setting up major changes or even abolition of an agency. Back in December, Sunset Commission members Representative Four Price (R – Amarillo) and Chairman Charles Schwertner (R – Georgetown) […]

Countdown to Coverage: Lack of Awareness Still a Huge Obstacle

Melissa McChesney

With just days left until the end of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Texas still has a long way to go to get eligible Texans enrolled in affordable health coverage. According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, at the end of the 2014 open enrollment period only 24 percent of potential […]

New Report: Texans Face Widespread Financial Insecurity

New data from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) show that our state’s growing economy is not providing sufficient economic opportunity for all Texans.  CFED’s annual Assets & Opportunity Scorecard ranks Texas at or near the bottom among all states on key measures of the ability of residents to achieve financial security, and several of […]

Countdown to Coverage: Getting Enrollment Assistance

Melissa McChesney

Cross-posted from The Texas Treatment Blog We are entering the homestretch of the 2015 open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, and it’s time for that final kick to get us over the finish line. Last year’s open enrollment in Texas saw a huge spike in enrollment in the final […]

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 […]

Dang, 2014 Has Been Quite a Year!

If I were to write a news headline for my first full year at CPPP, it would be “Dang, let’s dare Texas to be the best!” As we close out 2014, I’m reflecting on the incredible work we’ve done together this year. We’ve made progress on our vision of a Texas where everyone is healthy, […]