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Cover Texas Now Coalition - September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017
For Immediate Release
CONTACT:
Peter Clark, Texans Care for Children, 512-473-2274
Oliver Bernstein, CPPP, 512-289-8618

Rallies Against the Bill Are Planned Across Texas

AUSTIN – As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote next week on the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill, Texas advocates for children, families, patients, and consumers expressed...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 19, 2017

Updated September 20, 2017.  At first glance it may look like Texas comes out ahead in the Graham-Cassidy bill, the Senate’s last-ditch effort to cut Medicaid and repeal the Affordable...

The post Texas loses under Graham-Cassidy appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Texans Care for Children - September 19, 2017

It's time for a final push to stop health care repeal dead in its tracks.

Photos © Gage Skidmore (CC)

We're getting alarming reports that Senators are close to scrounging up enough votes to pass their new health care repeal bill. 

Known as Graham-Cassidy, it has all the terrible features that we've seen before. The bill would:

Strip health insurance from millions of Americans;Cut Medicaid for Texas children, seniors, people with disabilities, and pregnant women;End protections for people with pre-existing conditions; andMake health care more expensive.

For more details on how the bill works and what it...

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

Some members of the U.S. Senate are making one last-ditch effort to cut Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act.  The Senate has only until September 30 – just about...

The post Harmful Medicaid Cut/ACA Repeal Bill Resurfaces in the Senate appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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

The U.S. Census Bureau just released data from the most recent American Community Survey (ACS). Tune in LIVE today (September 14) at 2pm CT at Facebook.com/BetterTexas for a Facebook Live...

The post New Texas Household Income, Poverty Rate Census Numbers appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 12, 2017

Today’s U.S. Census data release confirms that the number of Texans without health insurance continued to decline in 2016, with uninsured Texans dropping by 70,000 from the 2015 number, and...

The post Gap between Texas and U.S. in Health Coverage Continues to Widen, Census Shows appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - September 11, 2017

Several key health care issues are on the agenda in Congress this month. It's important to note that these subjects have NOT been included in the bill Congress just passed to fund the government for three more months. The key issues this month include: The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Funding for CHIP expires at the end of the month. As many members of our coalition recently...
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 5, 2017

On August 31, 2017 the Trump Administration announced a devastating reduction in support for outreach and enrollment efforts for the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) Marketplace. According to federal...

The post Trump Administration Slashes ACA Outreach to the Bone appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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

In response to Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) released four health insurance-related “bulletins,” or formal communications to insurance companies with requests and instructions.  (TDI also released several...

The post Texas asks health plans to loosen health coverage restrictions for people affected by Hurricane Harvey appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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

Hurricane Harvey will affect Texans’ access to health care in many ways. People may need to replace medications lost or forgotten during an evacuation or damaged by flooding.  When displaced,...

The post Help with Questions about Hurricane Harvey and Health Coverage appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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

During the 2017 Texas Regular Legislative Session, lawmakers passed an important bill related to mental health parity (House Bill 10). The new law, signed by Governor Abbott, aims to address...

The post Mental Health Parity in the 2017 Texas Legislative Session appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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, but extending the Task...

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.

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