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Children's Defense Fund--Texas - May 25, 2017

I was diagnosed with lupus when I was 16 years old. After college, I began working for a nonprofit that did not offer health insurance. I called all the major health insurance providers but was told over and over again that they could not insure me due to my preexisting condition. Later, after finding a new job, I learned that my preexisting condition would not be covered for the first 10...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 24, 2017

Today the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its “score” of the U.S. House-passed health care repeal bill. Earlier this month the House took the short-sighted and unusual step of voting to pass the “American Health Care Act” before the CBO scored it, and now we can see why. The score reveals terrible news that […]

The post New Analysis of U.S. House Health Care Repeal Proves How Damaging It Would Be appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 24, 2017

Yesterday Gov. Abbott signed SB 507 into law, improving consumer protections related to surprise medical billing. Surprise out-of-network medical bills, sometimes called “balance bills,” happen when insurers and doctors fighting over prices jointly pass the buck to a patient who received out-of-network care unknowingly. The Texas Legislature has worked to address surprise medical bills consistently […]

The post Surprise Medical Billing Bill Signed Into Law appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texans Care for Children - May 19, 2017

By Peter Clark, Texans Care for Children

There are plenty of reasons to be outraged about the health care repeal bill in Congress.

One of the worst parts of the bill is the provision to end Medicaid as we know it. The plan would establish a Medicaid “per-capita cap,” similar to a block grant.

That’s essentially a backdoor way to permanently cut Medicaid and shift the costs...

Children's Defense Fund--Texas - May 17, 2017

Five years ago, an aneurysm exploded in the back of my brain. I was airlifted to the hospital for emergency brain surgery. Neurosurgeons repaired the aneurysm, and found two others, both waiting to rupture.

After surgery, complications ensued. My lungs shut down from life-threatening pneumonia, a hospital-acquired infection caused by “superbug” contamination from either the breathing...

Children's Defense Fund--Texas - May 16, 2017

My wife and I both work in the arts and depend on the Affordable Care Act for health coverage.

I am a church musician who went uninsured for many years before getting coverage through the ACA. Claire has worked professionally as an artist for five years, and has held apprenticeships. She was on her parents’ insurance until 2016, and now works at a performing arts center. 


Texans Care for Children - May 16, 2017

Heading into the current Texas legislative session, one of the most pressing issues facing state lawmakers was the disturbing spike in pregnancy-related deaths.

If you picked up USA Today, you saw the headline, “Texas' maternal death rates top most industrialized countries.”

If you flipped on CNN, you saw the story, “Maternal deaths fall across globe but rise in US, doubling in Texas.”

And if you read the Houston Chronicle and other outlets, you learned that the disturbing rise in maternal mortality includes Texas women from all backgrounds, but it particularly threatens Black women.

While state legislators...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 15, 2017

This session Chairman Garnet Coleman authored the Sandra Bland Act (HB 2702), a comprehensive bill that aimed to change the way civilians and law enforcement officers interact. Chairman John Whitmire of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice filed the companion, SB 1849. Sandra Bland, an African American woman from Illinois, committed suicide while in a […]

The post Sandra Bland Act at the Capitol appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Children's Defense Fund--Texas - May 12, 2017

My name is Kyla. My husband and I have three children, two of whom are medically complex. We are hard-working, middle class, tax paying individuals. Without Medicaid and CHIP, we would be financially ruined and there is a very strong chance our children would not be alive today.

Katie, my 11-year-old, is covered by Medicaid as part of the Medically Dependent Children’s Program which has...

Children's Defense Fund--Texas - May 9, 2017

I'm 26 years old. My husband and I eloped in 2014 and we welcomed our first baby in April 2016. I was lucky growing up to have a dad with a state job and good insurance. When I moved away from home, I was still covered by his plan because I was a part-time student. When I ran out of money for school, the ACA had passed, and I was able to stay on his plan until I aged out last November. At that...

Texas Impact - May 8, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 217-213 last Thursday. The House passed it before the Congressional Budget Office had a chance to score the bill, meaning that legislators voted before they had a full estimate of the AHCA’s effects. Some members admitted that they hadn’t read the whole bill before voting for its passage. Among them was Rep.

Children's Defense Fund--Texas - May 5, 2017

My name is Mason, and I'm an entrepreneur and small business owner. I started a software company around six years ago, which today employs six full-time and part-time employees. Starting a new business can be both exhilarating and terrifying. As an entrepreneur, you experience the excitement of creating something new and working hard to realize your dreams, but at the same time you are taking...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 4, 2017

Thank you for all the work you've put into protecting health care and trying to stop the repeal bill.

As you probably know by now, it passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 217-213. 

It's a tough pill to swallow. And we probably all need to take a deep breath. But we also need to keep a few things in mind:

Our work together has made a difference.

Our work to...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 3, 2017

Putting House and Senate Budget Cuts in Perspective Eva DeLuna Castro’s Comparison of the Texas Senate and House Budgets includes some of the high-level concerns about the major gaps in both chambers’ Medicaid-Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) proposals. This post and a new linked detailed table provides more details on Medicaid-CHIP, with special focus on […]

The post Medicaid Funding in the Texas State Budget appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Children's Defense Fund--Texas - May 2, 2017

My name is Stephanie and I’m 37. In my 20s, I chose jobs so I could always have employer-sponsored health insurance because that was important to me. I was healthy and worked full-time until age 32, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My health insurance plan is a good one, so I’m glad that I didn’t have to go into debt to pay my bills. I’ve been on the same plan since 2005 and luckily,...

Texans Care for Children - May 2, 2017

By Adriana Kohler and Rebecca Hornbach

Every family looks forward to their child’s first smile, first step, and first words. Routine well-child visits and developmental screenings allow doctors and families to monitor a child’s health and development and celebrate these kinds of milestones. Ongoing screenings for young children also help identify possible social, behavioral, and developmental delays that can be addressed with early intervention services. Through regular check-ups and strong developmental surveillance systems, families can be referred to the services and supports their children need, as early as possible, giving them a greater opportunity to learn, socialize, and thrive.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends eight well-child visits within the first 15 months of life and developmental screenings for children at 9 months, 18...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Peter Clark, 512-417-9262

AUSTIN – Twenty-eight Texas organizations sent the following letter to Congressman Will Hurd last night urging him to vote no on the health care repeal bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress. According to media reports, the House of Representatives may vote on the bill this week. The vote...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 1, 2017

There seems to be a lot of nostalgia among lawmakers for “high-risk pools” these days. In the past, high-risk pools offered high-cost health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions who would have been denied standard coverage by insurers. First, the latest amendment to the federal health care repeal bill would let states gut coverage guarantees […]

The post Remembering the Bad Old Days of High-Risk Pools appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Children's Defense Fund--Texas - April 28, 2017

I am a 28-year-old entrepreneur. I’ve benefited from the Affordable Care Act, first when I was able to remain on my parents' insurance until age 26, and also because I had a pre-existing health condition for which I’ve been hospitalized a few times. For this freelancer and small business owner, the ACA is only affordable way I can buy health insurance.

When I first started freelancing,...

Children's Defense Fund--Texas - April 28, 2017

I am 64 years old and looking forward to the protection Medicare will offer me, because I am greatly concerned about repeal of my ACA coverage. For my entire working life, I carried and paid for quality full-coverage health insurance for over 25 years, either personally or through an employer. I was the guy insurance companies count on to balance their risk—I didn’t have any serious health...