It’s Getting Harder to Find a Job that Pays the Cost of Living in Texas

Garrett Groves

As Texans, we pride ourselves on working hard and being self-sufficient. But too few workers are able to earn enough to support themselves and their families. From 1979 to 2014, the share of low-wage jobs grew by 15.5 percent in Texas. At the same time, the share of jobs that paid middle wages dropped more […]

Increasing Access to Mental Health Peer Support Services

Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

House Bill 1486, sponsored by Chairman Four Price, has been referred to the House Committee on Public Health on March 21. The common-sense proposal would give more access to peer support services to Texans in need of mental health and substance use disorder services.  Mental health peer support is a cost-effective, evidence-based practice in which […]

Anti-Immigrant Policies Are Bad for Texas

Mia Ibarra

To create a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure, CPPP believes our state should provide pathways to opportunity for all immigrants – not put up barriers to their productive participation in our shared economy and society. This week the House State Affairs Committee will hear public testimony on SB 4. The House […]

Hopeful legislation could help address our Texas-sized surprise medical billing problem

Stacey Pogue

Surprise medical bills happen when insurers and doctors or other health care providers – fighting over prices – jointly pass the buck to a patient, who received out-of-network health care unknowingly. Texas technically has a “mediation” system for surprise medical bills but the hurdles patients must overcome just to get in the door, prevent most […]

Immigrants Drive the Texas Economy

Mia Ibarra

Texas has a strong tradition of embracing immigrant culture, and immigrants have played a leading role in our state’s economic success. In the current environment of hostility toward refugees and immigrants, CPPP’s new fact sheet is an important reminder that Immigrants Drive the Texas Economy. One out of every six Texans is an immigrant, and […]

New Report Shows Only a Tiny Fraction of Texas Patients Helped with Surprise Bills

Stacey Pogue

Today, we released a new report, video, and fact sheets on surprise medical bills. Surprise medical bills happen when insurers and doctors or other health care providers–fighting over prices– jointly pass the buck to a patient, who received out-of-network health care unknowingly. Surprise billing is especially common in an emergency–when sick or injured patients must […]

Important Mental Health Bills Would Assure Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

Texans in need of mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) care too often experience barriers to assistance because insurance companies fail to comply with mental health parity laws. Mental health parity means that insurance benefits for mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) care are equal to coverage for physical health care. For example, […]

State Higher Education Agency Recommends Implementing Off-Campus Work-Study Pilot Program

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Connecting Students with Jobs: CPPP Supports State Higher Education Agency’s Recommendation to Implement Off-Campus Work-Study Pilot Program The Texas economy depends on a skilled workforce—and off-campus work-study positions are a neglected tool in Texas’ higher education system that we could use more broadly to provide career-relevant work experience for students and newly trained skilled talent […]

How an ACA Repeal Would Harm Texans

Anne Dunkelberg

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment deadline just one week away, it’s important to outline how important the landmark health law has been for Texans. Over 1.1 million Texans have selected plans in the health insurance Marketplace so far, with 27 percent of them being new to the Marketplace this year.  In our […]

A Dangerous Sign for Legislative Transparency

Dick Lavine

Update, 2/1/2017: The Legislative Budget Board’s GEER staff report is out. Read it here. Today at a Senate Finance Committee Hearing, Legislative Budget Board Director Ursula Parks stated that Lt. Governor Dan Patrick had instructed the LBB not to release the Government Effectiveness and Efficiency Report (GEER) this year. The 2015 GEER was full of […]