“A Fighting Chance” Is Now Online

Last week, our documentary “A Fighting Chance” aired on KLRU-Austin PBS, followed by a moving Civic Summit panel discussion about the struggles Texas families face just to meet their basic needs. The full 26-minute documentary is now live on our YouTube channel, and you watch the Civic Summit on KLRU’s website. We want to thank […]

Legislators Discuss Reversing Costly Family Planning Cuts

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

On Friday, the Texas Tribune and New York Times reported that some Texas legislators are considering reversing some of the drastic cuts they made in 2011 to subsidized family planning services. Updated projections from the state’s Medicaid agency show that $73 million in cuts will result in an additional 23,800 Medicaid-funded births from unintended pregnancies […]

OPED: In Texas, Everyone Deserves a Fighting Chance

This weekend, we contributed a piece to the Austin American-Statesman’s legislative series. You can read the full oped below, which originally ran in the Statesman on Sunday, Dec. 9: Sarah Campsey’s children are her world. She’d sacrifice anything to give them the best life she can. Three years ago, Sarah had to choose between keeping […]

ACA Medicaid Coverage Opportunity Best Deal for Texas Taxpayers

Texans aren’t the only ones thinking about the great fiscal deal the now-optional ACA Medicaid expansion would be for our state.  The Atlantic’s Jordan Weissman blogged last week, using Texas to illustrate the huge expansion of coverage and bargain price tag the opportunity offers. If you have read CPPP’s county-level fact ACA fact sheets, then […]

VIDEO: Can You Name 1 of the 10 Essential Health Benefits?

Don’t worry if you can’t! We’ve got you covered. Texas Well and Healthy community educator Cheasty Anderson lists the benefits that are now mandatory for all insurance companies to provide for people buying health care on the individual market. Benefits like maternity and newborn care, pediatric services, hospitalizations… we won’t spoil the rest! Watch our […]

Texas Will Still Have a Health Exchange in 2014

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

The federal government has extended the deadlines for states to opt in to running or helping to run health insurance exchange starting in 2014.  The initial deadline was today, but states now have until December 14 to declare their intention to administer the exchange at the state-level, and until February 15, 2013 to choose to […]

Welcome to the new CPPP.org


We are excited to announce that CPPP.org got a makeover! We have completely redesigned our website, and we’re officially launching this brand new BETTER TEXAS Blog, where our staff spark conversation and inform the debate on issues important to Texas families. With both of these online tools, we’ll be able to share more information with […]

DSHS Finalizes Rules for State GR-Funded Women’s Health Program

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

As I wrote last week, HHSC announced that will wait to convert the Medicaid Women’s Health Program to a fully state-funded program. Still, the rules that would run the state-funded program exclude Planned Parenthood, jeopardizing access for so many eligible Texas women. It’s worth noting that yesterday, a Travis County judge ruled that Planned Parenthood […]

VIDEO: Preventive Care at No Extra Cost. Thank You, Health Care Reform!

Cheasty explains the preventive care provision of the Affordable Care Act in this week’s Texas Well and Healthy video! Watch to find out why services such as annual checkups won’t cost you anything extra at the doctor’s office, but will instead be covered by your insurance premium you’re paying every month!  

Election Day is about kids

By Frances Deviney Election Day pretty much feels like a day dedicated to adults. Only adults can register to vote. Only long-time adults tend to run for public office. And, frankly, adults are typically the only ones who become emotionally invested in what happens on Election Day. But if there was ever a day that […]