New Uninsured Numbers for Texas Children Show Slight Improvement

By Anne Dunkelberg Right after the new Current Population Survey data on the uninsured in Texas and the nation 2011 came out, I took an dive into numbers and was able to pull out some key initial numbers. No surprise, Texas still has the worst uninsured ranking in the country, with 6.08 million uninsured (23.8 […]

Family Planning Is Vital for Women’s Health

Stacey Pogue

By Stacey Pogue In a standing-room-only auditorium, CPPP staff shared testimony last week on proposed rules that would dramatically reduce access to services in the Texas Medicaid Women’s Health Program. Texas funds annual check-ups, family planning, and contraceptives for low-income women through two programs – Department of State Health Services family planning and the Medicaid Women’s […]

Ask Cheasty: How Do Employers Figure Out Obligations to Insure Employees?

Cheasty Anderson

Dear Cheasty, I’ve heard about the Affordable Care Act and how small businesses don’t have to provide insurance, but large employers do have to, or they’ll pay a penalty. I run a business with 16 full-time office employees (whom we insure) and over 250 part-time employees (who don’t get insurance), and I’m curious whether that […]

Ask Cheasty: Will I have to buy insurance if I don’t earn much?

Cheasty Anderson

Dear Cheasty, Can you clarify what the “8% rule” means? I’ve heard that it has to do with whether you pay a tax if you don’t buy health insurance, but I’m not sure how it works. Thank you, Studying Up on Health Reform in San Antonio Dear Studying Up, No problem! I’d be happy to […]

Ask Cheasty: Will All Contraception Be Free on Aug 1?

Dear Cheasty, Under the ACA, will the August 1 no-copay rule for contraception apply to EXISTING health plans or just new ones? And do you know if IUDs will be covered? Sincerely, Confused About the Contraception Rule Dear Confused, What a great question! There has been a lot of chatter about the August 1, 2012 […]

OP-ED: Health Reform Ruling is Good for Texas

Between interviews, conference calls and deciphering the Supreme Court’s opinion to uphold the Affordable Care Act, our associate director and health care guru Anne Dunkelberg wrote this guest column for the Texas Tribune: Health Reform Ruling is Good for Texas Thursday’s court ruling, is, to paraphrase the vice president, a really big deal for the country […]

SCOTUS liveblog watch party

SCOTUS liveblog watch party

The CPPP health care team gathered around the monitor this morning – tacos, donuts and coffee in tow – to watch the Supreme Court’s live blog for a potential decision regarding the Affordable Care Act.

With no decision posted today, looks like we’ll be having another watch party on Thursday! Check out the SCOTUS liveblog for Thursday’s action starting at 9 a.m. central time!