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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 included a letter in the...

Texans Care for Children - November 23, 2016

Download This Policy Brief

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...

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.

Webinar Video:

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...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 24, 2016

This post was written by Stacey Pogue and Melissa McChesney and it’s the first post of several in our Countdown to Coverage series.  We’re kicking off our annual blog series leading into the fourth open enrollment, the period when people can up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. It’s important to first identify […]

The post Changes for Open Enrollment 2017: What You’ve Heard and What it Means appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 12, 2016

Title X, the only dedicated source of federal funding for family planning, plays an essential role in proving access to preventive health care in Texas and the nation. The Center for Public Policy Priorities strongly supports the Office of Population Affair’s efforts to clarify and reinforce the longstanding requirement that health care providers not be […]

The post CPPP comments on rules to support access to highly qualified family planning providers in the federal Title X program appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texas Impact - September 20, 2016

Texas Impact's Board of Directors, representing more than two-dozen Christian, Jewish, and Muslim denominational bodies, as well as hundreds of local congregations, ministerial alliances and interfaith networks, and thousands of people of faith throughout Texas, adopted the statement below on September 13 at their biennial legislative board retreat.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 13, 2016

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of Texans without health insurance continues to decline. Over 432,000 fewer Texans were uninsured in 2015 than in 2014. But despite the progress, Texas still has both the largest number (4.6 million) and percentage (17.1) of uninsured residents in the country. Today’s release of the Current […]

The post Despite progress, refusal to expand Medicaid keeps Texas the state with most uninsured residents appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texans Care for Children - September 13, 2016

Testimony to Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

The 1115 Medicaid Waiver has provided critical funding for uncompensated care in Texas hospitals and innovative DSRIP projects – including projects to address unintended pregnancy, birth outcomes, and maternal health – in communities throughout the state. With the stopgap Waiver extension expiring at the end of 2017, next year state leaders must develop a Texas plan to expand health coverage in order to avoid a severe cut in health care funding provided through the Waiver. If the Waiver expires without a plan in place, Texas communities would face a $1.3 billion cut in health care funding in 2018 and deeper cuts in the future. It's important to note that whether or not Texas reaches a Waiver renewal agreement, and whether or not Texas accepts Medicaid expansion funding, the federal funding will not be renewed for uncompensated care for Texans who could be...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - September 13, 2016

Watch testimony from Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, during an interim hearing with the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, September 13, 2016.

Watch more clips from the September 13 Health and Human Services interim hearing here.

Anne Dunkelberg | Associate Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - September 12, 2016

As the Legislature prepares to address the expiring 1115 Medicaid Waiver, and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee holds a hearing Tuesday on the Waiver, let's take a look at what's at stake for the state and for your county.

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

Hello! I’m excited to join the Health and Wellness team at CPPP as the organization’s first Hogg Foundation Mental Health Policy Fellow. I am a native of Monterrey, Mexico. I moved to Austin in 2010 to attend the University of Texas at Austin, and this past May I graduated with a Master of Public Affairs […]

The post A New Advocate at CPPP appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

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