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Texans Care for Children - August 24, 2017

On August 16, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 17, authored by Senator Kolkhorst. This new law extends the life of the Texas Maternal Mortality & Morbidity Task Force to 2023, allowing it to continue its critical work to review cases of pregnancy-related deaths and complications, evaluate disparities and trends, and make recommendations on ways to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in the state. SB 17 also includes provisions directing the state health agency to evaluate options for reducing maternal deaths and treating postpartum depression; develop and disseminate best practice tools in maternal health and safety; and disseminate best practices for substance use screening during pregnancy.

In addition to Senator Kolkhorst, Representatives Burkett, Thierry, Walle, and others led the effort to extend the Task Force and push for action on the state's maternal mortality crisis.

The bill is an important step forward,...

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

CPPP Senior Policy Analyst, Chandra Villanueva, co-wrote this post.  This post was updated on August 16th, 2017. The final version of HB 21 is a step in the wrong direction,...

The post Legislature Pits Education against Health Care  appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - August 2, 2017

Kamia Rathore, Health & Wellness Intern, wrote this post. Too many Texas women need affordable family planning services, but state leaders have made ill-advised and politically motivated decisions that limit...

The post Kicking out Planned Parenthood Has Been Terrible for Texas Women appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - July 25, 2017

The US Senate narrowly voted to proceed with the legislative process toward gutting Medicaid and ripping health care away from millions of Americans. We are disappointed that our Texas Senators...

The post Cornyn and Cruz Let down Texans with Health Repeal Vote appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - July 25, 2017

Although Trumpcare has had a rocky couple weeks, there is a real risk that it could pass the U.S. Senate this week.   Senate leaders are aiming to vote today on a "Motion to Proceed" and start debate on a health care bill.   And we're alarmed to hear that three of the Republicans most skeptical of Trumpcare -- Senators Murkowsi (Alaska), Capito (West Virginia), and Heller (Nevada) -- are now...
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - July 25, 2017

By Kamia Rathore, Health and Wellness Policy Intern This blog was updated on August 3rd, 2017. Last summer, Texas’ Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force issued a stark assessment of...

The post Maternal Mortality is Back on the Legislative Agenda appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - July 21, 2017

If you have been somewhat confused about what the U.S. Senate is doing on health care, you aren’t alone. Senators are confused too.  They don’t even know what bill they...

The post Will U.S. Senate Strip Coverage from up to 32 Million People? appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - July 21, 2017

This post was updated on July 31st, 2017. House Bill 253 has emerged as the latest voucher bill of the 85th legislative session, a near duplicate of Senate Bill 2....

The post Texas Needs Real School Finance Remodel, Not Vouchers appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - July 18, 2017

U.S. Senate Republicans couldn’t find the 51 votes needed this week to pass its bill to cut Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Within the GOP caucus, members couldn’t reach consensus...

The post Likely Good News as Senate Fails to Repeal Health Care appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - July 14, 2017

The U.S. Senate has released a revised version of its bill to cut Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The Senate plans to vote the week...

The post New Health Care Repeal Bill Gets Even Worse appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - July 10, 2017

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has floated an idea for an amendment to the Senate’s health care repeal and Medicaid cut bill that is under consideration. His amendment would set up two parallel health insurance markets – one with popular consumer protections from the Affordable Care Act and one without them. The idea would result in […]

The post Coverage May Once Again Be Unavailable to People with Pre-existing Conditions under Senate Idea appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - July 10, 2017

If you didn’t read this great round-up of how the House AHCA and the Senate BCRA would increase the uninsured, cut Medicaid, and affect Texas, go take a look now.  With the July 4th holiday, you may have missed a couple of updates adding to the growing body of evidence of deep harm to our […]

The post Medicaid Cuts Go Deeper in Senate Health Care Repeal Bill After 2025: New Look at Texas Cuts appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - July 5, 2017

Originally posted by Cover Texas Now. By now, we all know that the CBO report that came out on June 26 estimated that the Senate health care bill (“BCRA”) will increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million. And now we’re starting to see some estimates of what that would look like in Texas. A […]

The post Over a Million Texans May Lose Insurance Under Senate Plan appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - June 29, 2017

By now, we all know that Monday’s CBO report estimated that the Senate health care bill ("BCRA") will increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million.

And now we’re starting to see some estimates of what that would look like in Texas.

A report released Tuesday by the Urban Institute has some grim estimates regarding the impact of the bill in Texas.

It estimates that...
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - June 29, 2017

Drug overdoses killed a little over 52,000 people in the United States in 2015 and about 60,000 in 2016 – more than car accidents or gun violence. CPPP is joining the national Drug and Alcohol Addiction Week of Action in an effort to protect access to essential substance use disorder services. But Republicans in the […]

The post U.S. Senate Bill Would Worsen Drug and Alcohol Addiction appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - June 28, 2017

CPPP Senior Policy Analyst Stacey Pogue co-wrote this post. It is unclear when the U.S. Senate will vote on its Medicaid cut and repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” (BCRA). CPPP will keep posting updates, and it’s important to keep urging Senators to oppose this scheme. The non-partisan Congressional […]

The post The U.S. Senate Could End Medicaid As We Know It appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - June 22, 2017

We finally know what’s in the secret bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and it’s still bad. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote next week on their disastrous health care repeal bill, which has made a few changes from the House-passed version, but in some critical ways it’s worse. Key problems in the […]

The post Help Stop Health Care Repeal: Call Your Senators Now appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - June 21, 2017

The Texas Health Insurance Marketplace and the individual market more broadly became less stable in 2017 as some high-profile insurers exited the market and others increased rates. Premiums for the “benchmark” plan (the second-lowest cost silver plan) in the Marketplace increased 11.7 percent in 2017 in Texas and 21.3 percent nationally. Studies have pointed to […]

The post Federal Actions Cause Further Erosion of Individual Market Stability appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - June 20, 2017

The U.S. Senate plans to vote on a health care repeal bill next week that has been crafted in secret.  The Senate inherited a terrible bill (American Health Care Act, AHCA) from the House that even President Trump now admits is “mean, mean, mean.”  Despite initial claims that the Senate would start over with a […]

The post In Shroud of Secrecy, Senate Will Not Make Health Care Repeal Bill Much Less “Mean” appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

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