The Affordable Care Act and Your 2015 Taxes (part two)

Melissa McChesney

Part Two: I Didn’t Have Health Insurance in 2015 It’s tax season again and like last year we are providing high-level information on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacts personal income taxes. Earlier this week, we released Part One of this series which discusses the impact of the ACA on tax filing for people […]

Quick Update on the Texas Medicaid 1115 Waiver Renewal and the Health Care Coverage Gap

The costs of Texas’ inaction—not moving ahead with a plan for health care coverage and accepting federal Medicaid Expansion funds available to our state—are mounting with the passage of time. Experts estimate Texas is currently losing around $6 billion a year in federal dollars for health care because we have not closed our Texas Coverage […]

The Affordable Care Act and Your 2015 Taxes (part one)

Melissa McChesney

Part One: I Had Insurance in 2015 It’s tax time again, and it’s the second year people will see changes to their income tax filing because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is the first of our now-annual two-part blog series on the ACA and taxes, focusing on taxpayers who had health coverage in […]

What is the Texas Coverage Gap?

Find this blog post at bit.ly/CPPPcoveragegap or download a fact sheet here. Between 750,000 and 1 million uninsured adult Texans are in the Coverage Gap, meaning they have no affordable health insurance options today, but they would be covered if our state accepted new federal health care funds that are available for their coverage. The Coverage […]

Countdown to Coverage: Opportunities to Enroll Year-Round

Melissa McChesney

The third open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act officially closed on February 1, 2016. This year 1.3 million Texans selected a 2016 plan during open enrollment, up slightly from 1.2 million last year. Now that open enrollment has ended, the only way to enroll in coverage through […]

The Pope and the Sisters

In honor of Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico this week – including a historic mass along the Texas border – I wanted to share this thoughtful commentary from CPPP’s founders. Over 30 years ago, the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, Texas, founded what became CPPP to advance public policies that would help low-income people get affordable […]

Happy #HealthPolicyValentines Day!

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We put together this great little video to express our love for the idea of expanding health to all Texans. We hope you enjoy our #HealthPolicyValentines! Please share this video with the hashtag #HealthPolicyValentines if you support expanding health care. Did you know that at least 766,000 Texans would be eligible for affordable health care […]

Innovative Mental Health Peer Support Program Comes to Texas Jails

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Last week, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced it will support three peer support re-entry pilot program sites, funded through a $1 million budget rider passed by the Legislature in 2015. Mental health peer support is a cost-effective, evidence-based practice in which an individual with a lived experience of mental illness provides guidance […]

January 31 Final Deadline to Sign up for Coverage

Melissa McChesney

The final deadline to sign up for coverage is almost here. Consumers have to sign up for 2016 coverage by January 31, 2016. Here are a few fast facts about getting covered through HealthCare.gov: It’s not as expensive as you think. So far, 8 out of 10 Texans who enrolled in a health plan were […]

CHIP More Kid-Friendly than Marketplace

Melissa McChesney

In November, the U.S. Health and Human Service (HHS) released a report comparing plan benefits and cost-sharing under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to benefits and cost-sharing in plans offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The big takeaway from this report is that CHIP health coverage in […]