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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Coverage Gap and the Welcome Mat Effect

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By Caitlin Shea, CPPP Research and KIDS Count Intern What is the coverage gap? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was written to provide affordable health coverage to adults through two primary mechanisms: a Medicaid expansion for low-income adults, and Marketplace subsidies for adults living above the poverty level. However, a 2012 Supreme Court decision made […]

Kids Shouldn’t Have to Wait for Health Coverage

Melissa McChesney

Today Texas law requires that a child must be without private health coverage for 90 days prior to enrolling in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as a CHIP waiting period. Once a child is found otherwise eligible for CHIP, they must wait to enroll for three months after the last month they had […]

SB 1475 Establishes Medicaid Managed Care Consumer Supports

CPPP was joined by a large and diverse group of Texas organizations in supporting SB 1475 by Senator Sylvia Garcia, establishing a Medicaid Managed Care Consumer Support System. Texas Medicaid Managed Care was first piloted in four counties in 1994, and is now in all 254 counties. Over 3.6 million of Texas’ 4 million Medicaid […]

Time for State Leaders to be Heroes for Kids

Superheroes are known for their special powers. As a young girl growing up in Dallas, I was dazzled by Wonder Woman as she wielded her bracelets and Lasso of Truth to fight evil and protect democracy. As an adult, I am continually inspired by Texas parents who exhibit real superpowers every day: protecting their kids […]

Texas Medicaid Spending in Context

The 84th Legislative Session is now well underway, with committees appointed and holding hearings on budget and other important policy issues. In both House and Senate budget hearings, you may have heard legislators surprised to hear how much Texas Medicaid spending has grown. When we talk about increased Medicaid spending, we have to keep in […]