Texas Has a Lot to Lose with a full ACA Repeal

Melissa McChesney

This post was written by Melissa McChesney and it’s the third post in our Countdown to Coverage series.  Since the ACA was implemented, Texas has seen historic reductions in the number of uninsured in our state. From 2013 to 2015, the uninsured rate in Texas dropped a total of 5 percentage points, with 1.1 million fewer uninsured […]

This Veterans Day, Let’s Look at How Many Vets Lack Health Care

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This post was written by Kamia Rathore and it’s our second post in our Countdown to Coverage series.  Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, the number of uninsured veterans has dropped nationally. This trend has filtered down to Texas, but our state still has about 72,000 veterans who lack insurance—meaning Texas has the highest […]

Changes for Open Enrollment 2017: What You’ve Heard and What it Means

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This post was written by Stacey Pogue and Melissa McChesney and it’s the first post of several in our Countdown to Coverage series.  We’re kicking off our annual blog series leading into the fourth open enrollment, the period when people can up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. It’s important to first identify […]

Countdown to Coverage: Opening Day

Today’s opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace is kind of a big deal–for health care access, for Texas, for the nation, and for CPPP.  Many of you know that the Center was founded in 1985 by the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne with a mission to improve health care access for “poor and disenfranchised Texans.” […]

Countdown to Coverage: Overview of Marketplace Rates and Subsidies

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By Megan Randall In another blog post, we showed you examples of actual Marketplace premiums across the state and how they vary by region, age, and subsidy level.  This post will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how insurers set premiums in the marketplace and how the subsidies are calculated. How Does Rating Work in the […]

Countdown to Coverage: What Will It Cost?

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By Megan Randall On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled preliminary rates for the Texas Health Insurance Marketplace, scheduled to launch October 1, 2013.  What do these preliminary rates mean for you and your health insurance options?  Below, we’ll walk through a few examples illustrating how actual Marketplace premiums in Texas […]

Countdown to Coverage: Have Questions About Fees?

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By Megan Randall Starting October 1, 2013 many Americans will have the opportunity to enroll in new affordable coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  With these new coverage opportunities, however, comes a new requirement that most individuals have health insurance in 2014, or pay a fee to go uninsured.  The prospect of paying a […]

Countdown to Coverage: Choosing A Health Plan

Katharine Ligon

Selecting a health care plan for you or your family can be intimidating, especially if this is your first time and/or you have a chronic condition such as mental illness.  As we have shared with you in our blog series, Countdown to Coverage, there is a lot to understand before you select a plan and […]

Countdown to Coverage: ACA and Mental Health Benefits

Katharine Ligon

Access to behavioral health care is not just a matter of having health insurance; it also requires an adequate scope of covered benefits in a health plan.  For many years, benefits for Mental Health and Substance Use (MH/SU) services were not included in many health plans.  In addition, when an employer did chose to offer […]

Countdown to Coverage: Young Adults and the Marketplace

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By Megan Randall Young adults from ages 19 to 29 are one key group that stands to benefit from the launch of the new Health Insurance Marketplace on October 1. Young adults, like other age groups in the U.S., need a health insurance solution.  In a recent Commonwealth Fund survey, more than one third of […]