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Cover Texas Now Coalition - July 19, 2016

New Poll Confirms Texans Want State Leaders to Accept Medicaid Expansion Funding

A new survey confirms that Texans believe their neighbors should have an affordable health insurance option. The Houston Chronicle and other media outlets recently reported that 63 percent of Texans agree with the Texas business groups, doctors, faith leaders, and others who want state leaders to accept Medicaid...

Texans Care for Children - July 11, 2016

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By Ashley Lopez

A number of health care leaders and advocates want Texas to include mosquito repellent in pharmacy benefits for people on Medicaid and other government health programs.  

It would be a way to help low-income people prevent exposure to Zika, a mosquito-borne illness that is known to cause brain defects in unborn children. But, the program could be hindered by the health care access problems in Texas.

Last week, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Charles Smith sent a letter to state officials asking the agency to consider paying for mosquito repellent for low-income women of childbearing age who need help paying for health care. Those women enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and family planning programs.

“For a family that is pinching pennies and cutting coupons, you would hate to see them wait a few weeks to buy insect repellent because they are worried about putting food on...

Texas Impact - July 8, 2016

State health officials addressing a packed house at the McAllen Convention Center yesterday (July 6), said Texas is likely to be one of the first areas of the country to see an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The good news is that Texas already leads the nation in planning and prevention of the disease which severely affects unborn children.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - June 30, 2016

Written by CPPP Health and Wellness Intern Julia Von Alexander Currently there have been 49 recorded cases of people with Zika virus in Texas, almost all acquired from foreign travel. But experts believe that mosquitos carrying Zika will come to the Gulf Coast soon. While Texas has started a campaign telling people to protect themselves […]

The post Zika is Coming – Let’s Be Sure all Texans have Access to Preventive Measures appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texas Impact - June 23, 2016

Note: this article was written by Associate Policy Analyst Joe Czap after a recent trip to South Texas.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - June 15, 2016

We get a lot of “numbers” questions: about uninsured Texans, and Texas Medicaid, and about how many could get covered if our state accepted federal dollars allocated to cover our low-income adults.  One challenge is that the numbers keep changing over time.  This blog post launches our latest updated estimates of the number of uninsured […]

The post Texas Medicaid Expansion and Coverage Gap Estimates Need Some Updating appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - June 6, 2016

Texas Medicaid rules strictly limit which adults can get health coverage, and most adults who can work are ineligible. Most parents whose children get Medicaid cannot get Medicaid themselves (3 million Texas children but fewer than 148,000 parents covered in February 2016). Many Texas adults with serious illnesses and complex chronic conditions (e.g., cancer, MS) […]

The post NEW FACT SHEET:  Most Texas Adults with Serious and Chronic Illnesses Do Not Qualify for Medicaid appeared first on Better Texas Blog.


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Stacey Pogue, Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, testified about medical costs during a hearing of the House Committee on Insurance, June 1, 2016.

Stacey Pogue | Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities

Texans Care for Children - June 1, 2016

In a recent wide ranging hearing, Texas legislators heard from experts and advocates on the current challenges and possible solutions to improve the health of pregnant women and babies in Texas. We appreciate the House Public Health committee identifying the health of infants as a key indicator for the overall health of a community and seeking out effective policy solutions.

Our own Adriana Kohler urged the legislature to consider expanding and streamlining access to Medicaid for pregnant women to close the gap between the time a woman discovers she’s pregnant and she enters into prenatal care. You can read more about this and other key points in her testimony and her recent op-ed titled "For...

Texans Care for Children - June 1, 2016

In a wide ranging hearing, Texas legislators heard from experts and advocates on the current challenges and possible solutions to improve the health of pregnant women and babies in Texas. We appreciate the House Public Health committee identifying the health of infants as a key indicator for the overall health of a community and seeking out effective policy solutions.

Texans Care for Children - June 1, 2016

In a wide ranging hearing, Texas legislators heard from experts and advocates on the current challenges and possible solutions to improve the health of pregnant women and babies in Texas. We appreciate the House Public Health committee identifying the health of infants as a key indicator for the overall health of a community and seeking out effective policy solutions.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 25, 2016

When any family is expecting a new baby, the first hope is that the baby is born healthy. Unfortunately several of Texas’ key indicators show that not all children have the same likelihood of reaching these milestones or celebrating their first birthday. This week we’re heading to Fort Worth to release our State of Texas […]

Texans Care for Children - May 19, 2016

Testimony to the House Public Health Committee Interim Hearing on Birth Outcomes

The next generation of honor roll students, successful entrepreneurs, and community leaders starts with healthy mothers, healthy pregnancies, and healthy birth outcomes. Texas has made progress reducing infant death and preterm births, but far too many women experience barriers to care that negatively affect pregnancy and birth and the state continues to see high rates of premature and low-birth weight babies. Texas can take steps to ensure healthier, stronger babies are born across the state by improving access to preconception, prenatal, and postpartum care; continuing to invest in evidence-based home visiting programs that support moms and babies during and after pregnancy; and streamline Medicaid eligibility and enrollment and leverage existing outreach and education efforts to target eligible but uninsured pregnant women during their first trimester of pregnancy.

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Texans Care for Children - May 19, 2016

Texas can take steps to ensure healthier, stronger babies are born across the state by improving access to preconception, prenatal, and postpartum care; continuing to invest in evidence-based home visiting programs that support moms and babies during and after pregnancy; and streamline Medicaid eligibility and enrollment and leverage existing outreach and education efforts to target eligible but uninsured pregnant women during their first trimester of pregnancy.

Texans Care for Children - May 13, 2016

This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.

"I just have a passion for pregnant women,” says Jennifer Johnson.

The community health worker in the city of Austin’s Maternal and Infant Outreach Program explains: "I’m usually in a mom’s life for less than two years, including her pregnancy and the first year of her baby’s life — but those two years set them on track for the rest of their lives.”

State legislators meeting on Thursday for a hearing on birth outcomes could learn a lot from what Johnson sees in those two years.

Pregnant moms tell Johnson they want their kids to be healthy, get a good education, and go further than their parents. But more than anything, Johnson says, they just want their kids to be healthy.

"They’re nervous. They’re excited – at least most of them. They want to learn more about what they should do to have a healthy baby,” she says. "If they can’t get to a doctor, they go by...

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

San Antonio has a rich history that illuminates much of the great cultural diversity of Texas’ past, while giving us a peek into the state’s future. Children living in the eight-county San Antonio metro area are 64 percent Hispanic, 25 percent White, 6 percent Black and 4 percent Asian, multiracial or some other race, which […]

The post San Antonio Kids: A Glimpse at Texas’ Future appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texas Impact - May 10, 2016

Event Date: 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:00am

By:  Bee Moorhead Executive Director

The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief continued its statewide tour this week in Houston. With the exception of Senator Carlos Uresti, members of the committee continued to oppose those who testified that accepting federal funds to provide health insurance to low-income Texans could ease the strain on local property taxpayers.

Mr. Bill Turney, retired Houston resident, urged the members to look carefully at all the other states that have expanded Medicaid, and noted...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 6, 2016

It looks like Texas leaders might be on the clock to get the state’s health care system in line with the new way of doing business across the country.

For several years, the federal government has sent billions of dollars to Texas and other states to help with the unpaid hospital bills left behind by uninsured patients. But federal policy has shifted away from providing this “...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 6, 2016

It’s tax time again, and it’s the second year people will see changes to their income tax filing because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This blog covers the ACA and taxes, focusing first on taxpayers who had health coverage in 2015, and then on taxpayers who did not have health insurance for all or part of 2015.

Part One: I Had Insurance in 2015

One of the ACA’s key components...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 6, 2016

You can also find this blog post here, or download a fact sheet. Learn more about the updated Coverage Gap numbers here.

Between 750,000 and 1 million uninsured adult Texans are in the Coverage Gap, meaning they have no affordable health insurance options today, but they would be covered if our state accepted new federal health care funds that are available for their coverage. The...

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