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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...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 27, 2017

Texas Groups Blast Revised Health Care Repeal Bill on Eve of Possible Vote in Congress April 27, 2017 For Immediate Release CONTACT:  Peter Clark, 512-417-9262                   Oliver Bernstein, 512-289-8618   Texas Groups Blast Revised Health Care Repeal Bill on Eve of Possible Vote in Congress

AUSTIN – As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares for a possible vote on the revised...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 27, 2017

President Trump and House Speaker Ryan are getting closer to calling for a vote on their health care repeal bill -- and the bill just got even worse.

Their plan would still leave 24 million uninsured. It would still make insurance more expensive for millions of people, particularly those who are over age 50, on a tight budget, or in rural areas. And it would still radically reshape...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - April 26, 2017

Media outlets are reporting that two members of Congress – the leaders of the far-right Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group, both composed of Republican members—have agreed to an amendment for the stalled U.S. House’s Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) repeal bill. The amendment would make a bad bill worse by gutting protections […]

The post ACA Repeal Scheme is Back with a New, Terrible Twist appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

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

On April 13, 2017 the Department of Health and Human Services released its final “marketplace stabilization” rule. (You may remember that we blogged about the proposed rules when they were released in February.) Regardless of that title, the Marketplace showed signs of stabilization in 2016 under current law. The administration could have capitalized on that progress but instead these rules just fulfill […]

The post New ACA Marketplace Rules, Good for Insurance Companies Bad for Consumers appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 21, 2017

The state budget is arguably the most the important bill that the Texas Legislature passes in any given legislative session, and the 2017 session is no different.

Both the House and Senate have passed their versions of the budget bill for the 2018-2019 biennium. Over the coming days and weeks, a conference committee will resolve the differences between the two bills and produce a final...

Children's Defense Fund--Texas - April 21, 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...

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

Every day, on average, 78 Americans die from opioid abuse.[1] But did you know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) has been the key way that states have developed tools to fight the opioid epidemic across America? The ACA’s expansion of healthcare coverage—including benefits for prevention, treatment and harm reduction—continues to help lessen the epidemic and save lives. […]

The post How the ACA Fights the Opioid Epidemic appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 12, 2017

After debating amendments on Medicaid expansion and many other issues, the Texas House passed its state budget proposal on a vote of 129 to 18 in the early morning hours on Friday. The bill now goes to a conference committee composed of five Senators and five Representatives to iron out a final bill for an up-or-down vote in the House and Senate before the Legislature adjourns at the end of...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 12, 2017

During a marathon debate on the state budget last week, something important and overdue happened on the floor of the Texas House: State Representatives stood up and made the case for accepting Medicaid expansion funding from the federal government.

Representative Chris Turner, the author of the amendment, as well as Reps. Tomas Uresti, Donna Howard, and Gina Hinojosa, called for...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - April 7, 2017

Before we break out the champagne, however, let’s remember that both the House and Senate budgets still drastically underfund our growing state. The 2018-2019 budgets for each chamber are at least six percent lower than the 2016-2017 budget, after taking into account population growth and cost inflation.

The post A Recap of the Texas House Budget appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texans Care for Children - April 5, 2017

On Thursday, the Texas House will debate and vote on its proposed state budget for the next two years as well as a proposed “supplemental budget” for the last few months of the current fiscal year.

The budget – which is considered the most important bill the Legislature works on each session – will then go to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences between the two chambers’ proposals.

The budget is tighter than usual this year in large part because of past decisions by the Legislature to cut the business tax and to automatically set aside revenue to pay for highways.

The Senate already passed its budget proposal, and we’ve noted some of our concerns as well as the progress made by Senate budget-writers.

Much of the media attention on the budget has focused on the clash between the House and the Senate over...

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

Media reports indicate that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are working to revive their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the same harmful provisions plus two new ones. States would be able to opt out of “essential health benefits” and the requirement that health plans not charge people more because they are […]

The post Administration, Congress Considering More Damaging New Twist on ACA Repeal: Texas Implications appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

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

The House Committee on Appropriations approved its budget proposal on March 29, and a floor vote by the full House is set for April 6. The bill will, as usual, undergo some additional amendments on the House floor. Let’s explore some key Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provisions in the House Committee bill. […]

The post Medicaid Funding: Like Senate, House Committee Budget Raises Unanswered Questions appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texans Care for Children - April 3, 2017

For Immediate Release
CONTACT:  Peter Clark, 512-417-9262

AUSTIN – A new report released today outlines 10 steps that Texas leaders should take to support mothers suffering from perinatal depression and ensure children get off to a healthy, successful start. The report by Texans Care for Children notes that perinatal depression – also referred to as postpartum depression, maternal depression, or perinatal mood and anxiety disorders – is one of the most common complications of pregnancy, affecting approximately one in six new mothers in Texas. The report shows that approximately half of all cases of perinatal depression go undetected and undiagnosed, a challenge that bills currently before the...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 28, 2017

Thank you for everything you did to help stop the health care repeal bill in Congress!

Defeating the bill was a huge victory for the millions of Americans whose lives, health, and financial security were at stake.

While the headlines focused on the role of the Freedom Caucus members who wanted the legislation to cut health care even more deeply than it did, the bill also faced...

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