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Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012                                                Contact: Christine Sinatra    (512) 473-2274

1,600 Texans petition for action on rate hikes left pending for as long as seven months

AUSTIN — The Texas agency whose job it is to be a watchdog over the health insurance industry is dragging its feet on reviewing steep price increases by insurers, said a...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 30, 2012

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Dear Cheasty,  My question is the following: What if I am insured and I have my family on my plan. Because of this, my premium is high - very high - to where I am barely making my bills on time. Will there be a change in family plan insurance premiums with the health reform? Sincerely,...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 30, 2012

Texas Medicaid benefits all of us. Find out how and why here: Posted by: Liz Moskowitz, Texans Care for Children
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 25, 2012

Ask-Cheasty-Visual-5.21-2-300x231_2.jpg Dear Cheasty, I saw a political advertisement the other day saying that the Affordable Health Care Act would not help out Senior citizens. It depicted President Obama pushing an elderly woman over cliff. Will the Affordable Health Care Act throw grandma over the cliff????? Sincerely, Worried about Grandma   Dear WAG, Oh...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 23, 2012

Ever wondered what a Texas Well and Healthy workshop or event is like? The Waco Herald-Tribune explains our "crash course on changes triggered by national health reform" in its May 10 edition. Stacey Pogue, senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities presented our workshop at Waco's Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. Read more.
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 21, 2012

UPDATE: July 13, 2012: Today, the Texas Department of Insurance relayed it would not apply for $3 million in available funds for a consumer health assistance program. To our dismay, the press release below is needed for a second time. Original post: May 18, 2012                                                Contact: Christine Sinatra: (512) 853-0506 AUSTIN — A program that helped thousands of...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 16, 2012

Dear Cheasty, Ask-Cheasty-5-15-Visual-2-300x300_5.jpg This is an interesting time to talk about non-profits given the economic collapse and the health care reform act. Would you be able to write a few paragraphs regarding the impact of healthcare reform, the rising costs and the challenges non-profits may feel with regard to offering benefits to their employees?...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 13, 2012

Being a mother is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs most women will ever undertake. It’s not hard to imagine how difficult that job becomes when a mother isn’t able to take care of herself. Unfortunately, for an uninsured or underinsured parent, an untreated illness can compromise a mother’s ability to take care of her kids. Consider this example from a young mother in Austin who...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 11, 2012

small-business-insurance-image_2.jpg Dear Cheasty, I am the owner of a small business that employs 75 people.  Our company provides access to health, dental, vision, life, LTD, ADD, and optional insurance. The company pays the first $300 of the full premium, which represents up to an 80% contribution rate on the employer side. During a recent talk I heard you give...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 7, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN8m8rocLAk Some people think young adults don’t want or need health insurance, and, believe me, I used to feel the same way. But after I graduated from college, employers didn’t provide health benefits and my parents had retired, I realized how wrong I was. For me, health insurance was something I didn’t really appreciate or understand until I no longer had it....
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 3, 2012

You know what I love? Some unexpected cash! Walking to my mailbox and finding an unexpected check is pretty high on the list of things that make me happy. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, close to 2 million Texans are going to experience one of my very favorite things this summer. How? Check-150x150_2.png According to the 80/20 rule of the Affordable Care Act,...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 3, 2012

Dear Cheasty, I have a question about ObamaCare: What will it cost over 10 years, and how many will it cover?  I’d also like to know the same about Paul Ryan’s proposed health “reform.” Sincerely, Captain Comparison Dear Captain Comparison, As I’m sure you’re aware, comparing Obama’s health reform law to the proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan is a classic case of apples and oranges. Sure, they’re...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 30, 2012

Earlier this month, our campaign reported that Governor Perry called a program more than 3.5 million Texans rely on for health care a "time bomb." Which Texans, you might ask? Almost half of all children and several hundred thousand vulnerable adults, nearly all of them expectant mothers, Texans with disabilities, or poor seniors, a lot of them in nursing homes. The program is Medicaid, and what...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 27, 2012

I have always aimed to work for a large company. This was as much to maximize my career potential as it was to find a good-paying job. I was taught by my father to look at the intangibles when negotiating compensation, not the least of which was health insurance benefits. When I was diagnosed with diabetes shortly before graduating from college, I was still in a sweet spot for coverage – I could...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 24, 2012

Dear Cheasty- My sister is 45 and had no insurance through her job (she is a Licensed Social Worker, has worked for MHMR for years) and was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Gastric Cancer. Her bills for diagnosis and surgery have probably topped $150K so far; she is on her 2nd round of chemo. She had enough leave time that she got her last paycheck this month; so she won't qualify for Medicaid...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 20, 2012

lottery-e1334866484885-112x150_2.jpg Last week I met up with my friend Ben, a 26-year-old construction worker. His hand was wrapped in bandages. When I asked about his injury, he laughed and said it was the result of a stupid mistake. A week earlier, while doing demolition, Ben reached over to pull out a piece of ceramic, still attached to the wall. Had it been...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 17, 2012

Health Insurance lingo has always been somewhat complicated and confusing, but with the passage of the Affordable Care Act it is increasingly important for the average Joe six-pack American (borrowing from a famous Alaskan governor) to understand this terminology. As the Affordable Care Act continues to be implemented, these terms will be used to define certain components of the bill.  Here's...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 9, 2012

Of all the major changes to both health care budgets and policy that emerged from the last Texas legislative session, the single most dramatic impact is that Medicaid -- comprising less than 19% of our state’s budget -- received about 30% of the cuts taken to offset the state's $23 billion revenue hole. In case you missed it - here's a detailed analysis of changes to health care in Texas after...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 29, 2012

The following is PART 3 of a "Waiver Watch" series contributed by Anne Dunkelberg, Center for Public Policy Priorities. Since my last Waiver Watch post: HHSC held a March meeting of their Executive Waiver Committee (EWC) working group for the Hospital waiver, The “Clinical Champion” working group has worked with HHSC to develop a draft menu of service/payment/delivery reforms, and The...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 21, 2012

As law’s second anniversary approaches, 7.5 Million Texans enjoy benefits already March 20, 2012                                                Contact: Christine Sinatra    (512) 473-2274       AUSTIN — Texas is one of the biggest winners under health care reform, with more of its residents benefiting from provisions of the federal law than is true for almost any other place in the country....

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