Zika is Coming – Let’s Be Sure all Texans have Access to Preventive Measures

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Written by CPPP Health and Wellness Intern Julia Von Alexander Currently there have been 49 recorded cases of people with Zika virus in Texas, almost all acquired from foreign travel. But experts believe that mosquitos carrying Zika will come to the Gulf Coast soon. While Texas has started a campaign telling people to protect themselves […]

Texas Cuts Access to Women’s Health Care- Again

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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 […]

Concerns Remain on HHSC Sunset Consolidation Bill

The Health and Human Services Commission Sunset consolidation plan is less spooky than before, but still too scary for many. The House Committee on Human Services holds a public hearing today on HB 2304, the “Sunset” bill reauthorizing the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and calling for a major restructuring of Texas’ health and […]

HB 550/SB 219 Lay Foundation for Health and Human Services Agency Sunset Bills

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By Nikki Metzgar, CPPP Health Policy Intern Under the Sunset process, the “need for, performance of, and improvements to” Texas state agencies are periodically reviewed, sometimes setting up major changes or even abolition of an agency. Back in December, Sunset Commission members Representative Four Price (R – Amarillo) and Chairman Charles Schwertner (R – Georgetown) […]

Sunset Challenge: Will Services to Most Vulnerable Texans Hold Steady During a New Re-Organization?

This month’s release of the Texas Sunset Commission’s staff report on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission gave health and wellness advocates things to cheer—and also brought a few sighs and shudders. At 225 pages and 15 chapters, the report includes important research and covers a giant swath of operations and programs that are […]

State’s Navigator Rule Could Impede Health Insurance Enrollment

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Last week, the Texas Department of Insurance released proposed rules on “navigators”—community organizations like the United Way that help uninsured people apply for health insurance.  As proposed, the rules could prevent or delay the important work of navigators.  Fort Worth Star Telegram editors agree, noting that the rules will impede insurance enrollment and hinder progress […]

2013 Lege Wrap-Up: SNAP

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By Jeanie Donovan During the 2013 legislative session, legislators filed 26 bills related to SNAP (formerly the food stamp program). Although SNAP is 100 percent federally funded, state lawmakers do have the ability to make administrative changes to the program. Of the filed bills, only two were sent to the governor to sign into law. […]