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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 4, 2016

In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final report for the 2016 open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplaces, established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This year enrollment in the Marketplace continued to grow with 1.3 million Texans selecting health plans in the Marketplace, 48 percent of […]

The post 1.3 Million Texans Signed Up For Marketplace Coverage appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 3, 2016

On May 4 at 9 a.m. the Senate Business and Commerce Committee will hold an interim hearing to monitor implementation of SB 481 from the 2015 session intended to help protect consumers from surprise medical bills. SB 481 was an important step in the right direction, allowing more Texas consumers to challenge surprise medical bills. […]

The post Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills May 4 appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

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

Last Tuesday, the CPPP staff carpooled down wildflower-studded back roads to spend the day with our founders, the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, Texas. It was a journey back to our roots and core values. The Benedictine Sisters in Boerne, founded CPPP in 1985 to advance public policy solutions for expanding access to health care. We […]


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The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief continued its statewide tour this week in Arlington. Texas Impact was disappointed that members of the committee silenced witnesses who testified that legislators could ease the strain on local property taxpayers by accepting federal funds to provide health insurance to low-income Texans.

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Texans Care for Children - April 27, 2016

Testimony to Texas Health and Human Services Commission

When women are healthy before, during, and after their pregnancy, and they can delay or space pregnancies until they choose to have a child, their kids will be better off and have healthier outcomes. As HHSC implements Healthy Texas Women (HTW) and the Family Planning Program (FPP), it should ensure access to preventive and preconception care – including screening and treatment for conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and postpartum depression – in order to positively impact women’s health, future pregnancies, and the health of babies. The rule should also make clear that teens ages 15 to 17 who receive benefits through Children’s Health Insurance Program may enroll in HTW with parental consent to access the preventive care the legislature sought to provide to this age group.

The full testimony is available here...

Texans Care for Children - April 27, 2016

As HHSC implements Healthy Texas Women (HTW) and the Family Planning Program (FPP), it should ensure access to preventive and preconception care - including screening and treatment for conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and postpartum depression - in order to positively impact women's health, future pregnancies, and the health of babies.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 25, 2016

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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...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - April 25, 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 […]

The post Maintaining Health Care Status Quo “Not in the Cards” for Texas appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texans Care for Children - April 25, 2016

A state appeals court Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging $350 million in cuts the Legislature made to a state Medicaid program that provides therapy to disabled children, but opponents of the cuts vowed to continue their fight.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - April 21, 2016

Although the ACA expands health insurance coverage through Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace, it does not limit states to using only those two options in the future. Starting in 2017, states can seek federal approval of “1332 waivers” (or State Innovation Waivers) that allow states to waive key portions of the Affordable Care Act […]

The post “1332 Waivers”: Opportunities for Innovation in Healthcare Coverage with Protections for Consumers appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texas Impact - April 18, 2016

Note: this op-ed originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Friday, April 15. Find the original story here.

Texas should accept billions of dollars in federal funds to secure vital infrastructure across our state, reduce bottlenecks and congestion in urban areas, improve accessibility in rural areas and ease pressure on local taxpayers.

No, it’s not highway funding; it’s Medicaid.

Texas Impact - April 18, 2016

By:  Bee Moorhead Executive Director

Note: this op-ed originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Friday, April 15. Find the original story here.

Texas should accept billions of dollars in federal funds to secure vital infrastructure across our state, reduce bottlenecks and congestion in urban areas, improve accessibility in rural areas and ease pressure on local taxpayers.

No, it’s not highway funding; it’s Medicaid.

Texas is one of 19 states still rejecting federal Medicaid expansion — but according the Texas Legislative Budget Board, we are in a class...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 13, 2016

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Texas Impact - April 11, 2016

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Our faith traditions call us to serve our communities...to care for the least of our brothers and sisters...to love our neighbors. But the needs can seem overwhelming and it can be hard to get started. Better Neighbors is a monthly toolkit to help you and your congregation make a difference in your local community. Each month we focus on one area of need, giving you practical steps to take action and learn more. Better Neighbors is a project of Texas Impact, Texas' oldest and largest statewide interfaith network.

Accelerating Health Equity for Texas: The Social Determinants of Minority Health

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Texans Care for Children - April 11, 2016

As the summer launch date for Texas' retooled state-funded women's health programs approaches, family planning providers and advocates want to know why services like hypertension and postpartum screenings have so far been left off the lists of proposed benefits.

Texans Care for Children - April 7, 2016

Texas Observer – April 7, 2016
by Alexa Garcia-Ditta

As the summer launch date for Texas’ retooled state-funded women’s health programs approaches, family planning providers and advocates want to know why services like hypertension and postpartum screenings have so far been left off the lists of proposed benefits.

The Health and Human Services Commission released draft rules for the new Healthy Texas Women (HTW) and Expanded Family Planning Programs in early April, detailing the services that each program will cover. The redesign comes four years after the Legislature cut family planning funding by more than two-thirds and then created a complicated, and...


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Cover Texas Now members testified during an interim hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II, April 7, 2016.

Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus | Children's Defense Fund

Rev. Dr. T. Randall Smith | Texas Impact


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Cover Texas Now members testified during an interim hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II, April 6, 2016.

Legislative Budget Board staff gave an overview of Texas' Medicaid program compared to other non-Medicaid states

Representative Walle (HD-140) and Texas Health and Human Services staff discuss the status of Texas' Medicaid 1115...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - March 23, 2016

As we reflect on the Affordable Care Act on its 6th anniversary this week, it is easy to point to great new things ushered in by the law – like insurance coverage for 20 million previously uninsured Americans and the largest one-year drop in Texas’ uninsured rate to date. With so much focus on what […]

Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 21, 2016

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It’s tax season again and like last year we are providing high-level information on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacts personal income taxes. Earlier this week, we released Part One of this series which discusses the impact of the ACA on tax filing for people who had ...

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