ACA’s “Family Glitch” Hurts Millions

Melissa McChesney

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed 5 years ago, more than 16 million people have gained health insurance as a direct result of the law. Gallup recently released a poll showing that the uninsured rate in the U.S. in the first half of 2015 was approximately 11.7 percent, the lowest rate since they […]

Texas’ Uninsured Rate Worst in the Nation

Melissa McChesney

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and Texas now has the biggest percentage of uninsured residents in the country—sitting just above 20 percent. Only Oklahoma (17.7 percent) and Wyoming (18.2 percent) come anywhere close. On August 10 Gallup released their most recent data on uninsured rates by state, showing a continual decline in uninsured rates […]

Suicide in Texas Jails: Time for Reform

Katharine Ligon

The recent death of Sandra Bland in a Texas county jail is tragic. At CPPP our prayers and thoughts are with Ms. Bland’s family and friends. As the authorities investigate the details surrounding Ms. Bland’s death, it’s important to point out that over the last decade or so, sheriffs and other local officials have been […]

Medicare and Medicaid Looking Good at 50

Like so many Americans, I am now in that phase of life with aging parents. My dad has advanced Alzheimer’s. Though he’s still living at home and mom does a great job taking care of him, he needs full-time professional care during the day and frequent medical attention. Alzheimer’s is a heartbreaking disease and we’re […]

A Look Back at the 84th Legislative Session

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Several “scorecards” are floating around, grading the effectiveness of the 84th Texas Legislature. Here at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we wanted to share our progress toward the objectives we set before the legislative session began. As you will see in our new summary, this Legislature leaves behind a disappointing record for expanding economic […]

10 Days Left

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With 10 days left in the 84th Legislative session, there are still a handful of major decisions pending. Here is a preview of upcoming action we’re watching and some of our work from the past week. What we’re watching: The full Senate should consider HB 1624, a good bill that would help people shopping for […]

Big Day in Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Today the Senate Health and Human Services committee is expected to hear two important bills we’ve been following: HB 1541 HB 2835 HB 1541 would establish a Medicaid state service plan for peer support services, designating certified peer specialists and certified recovery specialists as a billable provider. Mental health peer support services are proven to […]

5 Things to Know As Feds Question Texas’ Uncompensated Care Waiver

In a phone call to the state’s Health and Human Services Commission last week, the federal government told Texas that its decision on continuing the “uncompensated care” portion of the 1115 Medicaid waiver will take into account whether the state accepts new Medicaid funds. CPPP has released a helpful fact sheet on the Texas 1115 Waiver […]

Closing the Coverage Gap: What You Need to Know

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Guest post via Texas Well and Healthy What is the Coverage Gap? About 1 million uninsured Texans are in the Coverage Gap, meaning they have no affordable health insurance options but would be covered if the state accepted new federal health care funds intended for them. They do not receive health insurance from their employers. They […]

Budget Season in Texas Means Sleepless Nights

What keeps you up at night? Is it the risks of not having health insurance? The rising cost of college? Overcrowded classrooms at your child’s school? Well, it’s budget season at the Texas Capitol, and how legislators decide to invest state money could profoundly affect these and other aspects of our lives. What have we […]