Now is the Time

Speaking on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children.” A few months later, I was born. I just happened to be White, which opened invisible doors to success that were all too often […]

Penalties Increase for Going without Coverage

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace began on November 1. In roughly the first two months, 8.5 million people nationwide selected plans in the federal Marketplace. About 6 million consumers renewed their existing coverage, and about 2.5 million consumers newly selected a plan. So far, 1.1 million Texans have selected plans for 2016. Open […]

Marketplace Enrollment Tools Help Consumers

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Did you know that 48 percent of uninsured consumers don’t feel confident in choosing a health plan? The great news is that this open enrollment period there are new and improved tools to help consumers choose the best health insurance plan for themselves and their families. Consumers who fully understand their plan benefits are more […]

Meanwhile…back at the Capitol

The word “interim” comes from the Latin word for “meanwhile.” Many of us are looking ahead to the winter holidays, but meanwhile the gears are turning as lawmakers prepare for the 2017 legislative session. The interim charges that Senate and House committees will discuss in the coming months offer a preview of the policy debates […]

Texas Health Care Guide Helps Consumers

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Today CPPP debuted the Texas Health Care Guide to help Texans navigate their options for affordable health coverage. The new website helps users find expert resources on how to apply for coverage, how to choose a plan, how to use and understand insurance, and much more. Texans have more options than ever to access affordable […]

2nd Year of Modest Rate Increases in Texas Marketplace

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

This week, we got the first snapshot of Texas Marketplace premium rates for next year, and the modest average premium increases come as welcome news. Texans will see a 5 percent average premium increase for the second-lowest cost Silver-level plan (called the “benchmark” plan) in the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2016. The increase was 4 […]

Uphill Battle for Immigrants to get Insurance

Melissa McChesney

Last week we discussed how confusion about eligibility and fear can keep immigrants from accessing the affordable coverage now available to them through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This week we will look at common technical hurdles immigrants must overcome when they do attempt to enroll in affordable coverage in the Marketplace. Many immigrants may […]

Why Immigrants Struggle to Get Health Coverage

Melissa McChesney

For this week’s installment of Countdown to Coverage 2016 we’re looking at some of the challenges uninsured lawfully present immigrants often face when trying to get health insurance. Two key reasons why legal immigrants may go without health coverage are confusion about their eligibility to purchase Marketplace health plans, and fear that applying for health insurance […]

Texas Cuts Access to Women’s Health Care- Again

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Kicking Planned Parenthood out of the Texas Women’s Health Program proved to be a terrible idea in 2013, one that jeopardized the health of women and babies, reduced access to health care, and increased costs for the state. In Texas we’re usually good about learning from our mistakes, but not so much where women’s health […]

Need Health Insurance? Look Beyond Sticker Price

Melissa McChesney

Next month marks the beginning of the third open enrollment period, during which Texans can purchase insurance from Healthcare.gov, the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. In this edition of the Countdown to Coverage 2016 series, we’re exploring questions you should consider when choosing among the many health plans available in the […]