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Texans Care for Children - January 6, 2017

Mental health is shaping up to be a priority for the Texas Legislature in 2017. The new interim report by the House Select Committee on Mental Health highlights several key issues for lawmakers to address. This blog post highlights a few of the top subjects and addressed in the report.

The Big Picture

Addressing the landscape of mental health and state policy in Texas, the report notes:

It is important to note that while significant resources are currently being invested, the demand for services throughout the state continues to increase. As we head into the 85th Legislative Session, all indications are that mental/behavioral health funding for the 2018-2019 biennium budget will remain a priority. ...it is imperative that children and families receive expert care from the moment they present....
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - December 22, 2016

Earlier this month, leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to all governors and state insurance commissioners requesting input on potential changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance sent a separate letter seeking similar input to members of the Republican Governor’s Association.

As Congress prepares to take up federal health care laws, the Cover Texas Now coalition submitted a detailed letter to Governor Abbott, and Texas Insurance and Health and Human...

Texas Impact - December 14, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas—(Dec. 14, 2016) New data analyses show that nearly 75 percent of Texas’ local taxing entities soon could have to increase taxes on property owners by more than 8 percent to continue vital health care services in their communities.

New report, Rocks in the Water: The Unseen Cost of Losing Federal Support for Uncompensated Care, now available.

Texas Impact - December 14, 2016

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Under current law and considering current trends in federal policy, changes in federal health care funding could result in the loss of up to $3.6 billion over the next two years in federal support for Texas hospitals and other safety net providers. Of this, about $2 billion would represent losses to local jurisdictions that levy property taxes to support hospitals. To make up the difference with local funds, city, county, and hospital district officials would have to increase property taxes an average of $0.05 (five cents) per $100 valuation—an additional $81 per year for the...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - December 9, 2016

Over the next few months, I’ll be writing about “mental health parity.”  This first post explains what “parity” is.  Future posts will look at ongoing mental health parity issues and the intersection with the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—including how efforts to repeal or replace the ACA could weaken today’s parity rules. The idea behind mental […]

The post Equal Treatment for Mental Health Needs appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - December 8, 2016

As the national health care debate kicks into high gear, here are four things that Texans need to know:

1. Repealing health coverage without immediately passing a replacement plan would eliminate insurance for 2.6 million Texans.

Congressional leaders and the President-elect have long talked about the need to “repeal and replace” the ACA.

Now they say they plan to pass...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - December 8, 2016

This post was written by Melissa McChesney and it’s the third post in our Countdown to Coverage series.  Since the ACA was implemented, Texas has seen historic reductions in the number of uninsured in our state. From 2013 to 2015, the uninsured rate in Texas dropped a total of 5 percentage points, with 1.1 million fewer uninsured […]

The post Texas Has a Lot to Lose with a full ACA Repeal appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - December 7, 2016

December 7, 2016

A new report by the Urban Institute estimates that 2.55 million Texans would lose their coverage if Congress follows through with its plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without immediately replacing it, causing the number of uninsured Texans to grow from 4.4 million to 6.9 million people. Texas would also lose $62 billion in federal health care funding over a ten-...

Texas Impact - December 1, 2016

Our first annual Health Justice Sabbath weekend was a huge success! People of faith across Texas gathered to pray, study, and take action to support health care for all Texans.

Texans Care for Children - November 28, 2016

By Adriana Kohler, Kate Murphy, and Josette Saxton

There may not be any crystal balls that can tell you what’s going to happen during the next legislative session, but the interim reports produced by Texas House and Senate Committees can provide some important insight into legislators’ priorities for the next year. 

So if you want to get a preview of how legislators will address Medicaid, mental health, CPS, women’s health, and other key issues, we recommend taking a look at the new 152-page interim report from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Like other interim reports, this one reflects the hearings and research the Committee conducted over the course of 2016 on “interim charges” assigned by the Lt. Governor and the views of the Committee Chair, in this case Senator Charles Schwertner. Democratic Committee members...

Texans Care for Children - November 23, 2016

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Heading into the 2017 legislative session, a few children’s policy issues have dominated the past year’s headlines, legislative hearings, and Texas leaders’ statements about their current priorities:

1. Protecting services for children with disabilities and developmental delays is a top priority in 2017 following the outcry from legislators, parents, community leaders, and others about the loss of therapies for children with disabilities and the recent findings that enrollment of babies and toddlers in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) has fallen sharply.

2. Protecting children from neglect and abuse and ensuring they are safe and successful if they enter foster care has been declared a priority by...

Texas Impact - November 18, 2016

At a time when many Americans are wondering what might be in store for the U-S healthcare system (particularly in the Lone Star State, which leads the nation in both number and percentage of uninsured residents), Texas faith communities have a message for congregants and lawmakers alike: healthcare should be above politics.

Update 2: High-resolution video of the press conference is now online. Watch it on Youtube or embedded below.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - November 17, 2016

It’s time to get to work, folks.

With the election behind us, there is a lot of uncertainty about the future of health coverage in Texas and across the country as state and federal leaders suddenly face the task of turning their health care rhetoric into actual policy decisions.

But we are certain about one thing: It is more important than ever that we work together to ensure...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - November 16, 2016

It’s time to get to work, folks.

With the election behind us, there is a lot of uncertainty about the future of health coverage in Texas and across the country as state and federal leaders suddenly face the task of turning their health care rhetoric into actual policy decisions.

But we are certain about one thing: It is more important than ever that we work together to ensure affordable, quality health care for all Texans.

That’s why we will continue to call on state leaders to develop a Texas plan to cover the uninsured, regardless of what the future may hold for federal Medicaid expansion funding for states.

That’s why we are already ramping up our efforts to fight any attempts by the President-elect and Congressional leaders to take away insurance from the 20 million Americans — including 1.2 million Texans — who gained coverage under the ACA.

And that’s why we will ask...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - November 11, 2016

Given the results of the national election, we know that many people concerned with Texans’ access to quality health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are uncertain about the future availability of coverage. It’s too early to predict what policy changes Texas and the rest of the country might see, but here are some things […]

The post What’s Next for the Affordable Care Act? appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texas Impact - November 10, 2016

Thursday, November 17, Texas Impact staff will be available via webinar to help congregations participating in, or interested in the Health Justice Sabbath. We will also make time available to listen to what you plan on doing and share ideas. 

To learn more about the Health Justice Sabbath, or to register your congregation, go to www.abovepoliticstx.org

We look forward to visiting with you on the call and hope you will invite people you know who might be interested.

Please register for the webinar below.

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Texas Impact - November 4, 2016

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Friday's Above Politics Health Advocacy Training, Part 1. Congregational Outreach Director Scott Atnip and Policy Analyst Imaad Khan discussed health justice in Texas and provided resources to prepare leaders for Texas Impact's Health Justice Sabbath or to host a Health Advocacy Training in their local congregation or community.

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The full webinar video is available on Youtube and embedded below.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - November 2, 2016

This post was written by Kamia Rathore and it’s our second post in our Countdown to Coverage series.  Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, the number of uninsured veterans has dropped nationally. This trend has filtered down to Texas, but our state still has about 72,000 veterans who lack insurance—meaning Texas has the highest […]

The post This Veterans Day, Let’s Look at How Many Vets Lack Health Care appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 28, 2016

This post is courtesy of Texas Well and Healthy. We’re excited to help launch a new campaign to give YOU another way to stand up for uninsured Texans! Right now in Texas, there are moms who have cancer but can’t get the treatment they need. Dads who can’t pay for their depression medication. Child care […]

The post Help Uninsured Texans Go to the Capitol to Fight for Health Coverage appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - October 28, 2016

We're excited to launch a new campaign today to give YOU another way to stand up for uninsured Texans!

Right now in Texas, there are moms who have cancer but can't get the treatment they need. Dads who can't pay for their depression medication. Child care teachers, construction workers, and cooks one wrong step away from drowning in medical debt.

These are the kinds of...

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