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 […]

An Unrealistic Budget Starting Point

Ann Beeson

This week the Senate Finance Committee begins hearings on its proposed budget, Senate Bill 1. The hearings follow the release last week of both the Senate and House draft budgets for the 2018-2019 budget cycle. The Senate budget proposal (Senate Bill 1) is not grounded in reality and is full of drastic cuts to essential […]

Texas Senate Budget Proposal Is Worse Than You Think

Eva DeLuna Castro

On January 24, the Texas Senate Finance Committee will hear invited and public testimony on its 2018 and 2019 budget proposals for the Texas Education Agency, Teacher Retirement System, and other public school and higher education services that receive state funding. Public testimony on health and human services is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31. These […]

Gearing Up for the Texas Revenue Estimate

Eva DeLuna Castro

On Monday, January 9, State Comptroller Glenn Hegar will issue the revenue estimate for 2018-19, as well as update legislators on 2016-17 state revenue collections. This key stage in the budget cycle is when state officials find out how much will be available to invest in schools, higher education, health care, and other services through […]

Can Texas values transcend politics?

Ann Beeson

The fall before a Texas Legislative session is always exciting, and this year is extra special. We are still glowing from our sold-out Legacy Luncheon in Austin, honoring Senator Lloyd and B.A. Bentsen as Texas Legacies. Future of Texas Award winner Brianna Brown of the Texas Organizing Project gave us hope for the next generation […]

Now look how many states have stopped surprise medical bills

Stacey Pogue

If you go to a hospital that is in your insurance company’s network, you can assume you’ll only get in-network medical bills, right? That is now true in four of the five largest U.S. states, but not here in Texas. This week California passed Assembly Bill 72, a strong bill that protects California patients from […]

Health Advocates Deliver Detailed Response to Senators’ Comments on Health Coverage

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This post originally appeared on Texas Well and Healthy.  A Texas Senate Committee travelling the state to discuss property tax reform is hearing loud and clear that accepting Medicaid expansion funding should be part of their strategy, and now they’ve received a response to many of the questions and comments they’ve offered during those hearings. Medicaid expansion […]

HB 4 and High Quality Pre-K

Chandra Kring Villanueva

We believe helping kids start school ready to learn is one of the best ways to ensure all Texans have the chance to compete and succeed in life. While passage of HB 4 last session was a step in the right direction, it did not go far enough in terms of improving Pre-K quality and […]

NEW FACT SHEET:  Most Texas Adults with Serious and Chronic Illnesses Do Not Qualify for Medicaid

Anne Dunkelberg

Texas Medicaid rules strictly limit which adults can get health coverage, and most adults who can work are ineligible. Most parents whose children get Medicaid cannot get Medicaid themselves (3 million Texas children but fewer than 148,000 parents covered in February 2016). Many Texas adults with serious illnesses and complex chronic conditions (e.g., cancer, MS) […]