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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - April 17, 2018

All Texans living with substance use disorders should be able to access the treatment and supports they need, regardless of their income. As Texas tries to tackle the issue of...

The post The Critical Role of Texas Medicaid in Treating Substance Use Disorder appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - April 16, 2018

On April 3, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual final report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance Marketplace open enrollment period for 2018....

The post Health Insurance Subsidies Did Their Job in 2018 appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - April 10, 2018

Updated: 4/17/2018 Hard-working Texans need access to health coverage, even if they are not fortunate enough to have jobs that offer affordable health insurance to employees and their families. Health coverage improves access to health...

The post Defying Odds, 2018 Was Pretty Good for Health Insurance Signups appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - March 29, 2018

Earlier this year, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) told states they would support state proposals to change Medicaid rules so that adults would be required to provide...

The post Risks of Work Documentation Requirements in Non-Expansion States: What Texas Can Learn from Alabama’s Proposal appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - March 26, 2018

The United States is in the midst of an acute addiction crisis. A record 63,600 people died from a drug overdose in 2016 with 42,400 of these identified opioid-related deaths,...

The post Medicaid is part of the solution to the addiction crisis appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 7, 2018

Earlier this year, the Trump Administration announced that it would consider proposals from states to add work documentation requirements and other new restrictions to Medicaid. The Administration has now approved versions of these proposed “waivers” from Arkansas, Indiana, and Kentucky.

It’s important to remember the critical role that Medicaid plays in so many people’s lives. Thanks...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - February 26, 2018

Medicaid is a critically important program that pays for more than 50 percent of births in the United States, and covers four in ten Texas children and virtually all Americans...

The post Why Medicaid Work Requirements Are a Terrible Idea for Texas appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - February 6, 2018

It could seem like substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid addiction are a new problem in Texas, but that’s not the case. What is more recent are the full SUD...

The post HHSC Reports Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Texas Medicaid is Working appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Texans Care for Children - January 25, 2018

We all want children to be healthy, succeed in school, and grow up to be our next generation of great teachers, helpful co-workers, and effective leaders. The first step is ensuring healthy pregnancies and healthy births. One of the most effective strategies to improve health for moms and babies is to make sure moms receive the care they need before, during, and after pregnancy.

That’s why the two newly redesigned programs in Texas – the Healthy Texas Women (HTW) program and the Family Planning Program (FPP) – are so important. Through these two programs, eligible low-income women can get preventive health screenings, women’s health exams, and family planning, including contraception, at little or no cost. When women can plan and space their pregnancies and get the health care they need before, during, and between pregnancies, their babies are less likely to be born premature, which reduces state health costs. Moms are more likely to get early prenatal care and the folic acid...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - January 22, 2018

This post was written by Economic Opportunity Intern Anna Crockett. No one should have to choose between their health – or their family’s health – and keeping their job. Unfortunately,...

The post Austin is Sick of This appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - January 19, 2018

During this interim legislative year, two Texas legislative committees have been tasked with studying whether Texas could use waivers authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help stabilize the...

The post Health Insurance Interim Hearings Update appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Texans Care for Children - January 17, 2018

I wanted to make sure you saw the extensive report in the Texas Tribune yesterday regarding the state's maternal mortality crisis, an issue that is sure to be on the agenda during the next legislative session. The Tribune has a follow-up story today on the shortage of rural Texas hospitals that deliver babies, one of the obstacles to prenatal care and support for maternal health.

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Cover Texas Now Coalition - January 12, 2018

This week the Trump Administration announced that it will now approve states' requests to establish Medicaid work requirements under certain circumstances.

The concept is a bad idea for all states, but especially for Texas. Ninety-six percent of Texans enrolled in Medicaid are children, seniors, pregnant women, or people with significant disabilities - not exactly great candidates for...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - December 16, 2017

The regular open enrollment period for health insurance through the Obamacare Marketplace ended Friday December 15, but Texans who either currently live in a disaster-affected area, or did when Hurricane...

The post If you were affected by Hurricane Harvey, you still have time to purchase a health insurance plan for 2018 appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Peter Clark, Texans Care for Children, pclark@txchildren.org

AUSTIN – Texans and others have until Friday, December 15 to sign up for health insurance for 2018 through the Obamacare Marketplace...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - December 6, 2017

All Texans deserve high-quality health care, whether it’s for a physical ailment or a mental health or substance use issue. In health insurance, the term “parity” describes the equal treatment...

The post The Latest on Mental Health Parity in Texas appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - December 4, 2017

The good news: despite the Trump Administration putting hurdles in front of Americans’ ability to sign up for health care for 2018, Texans are signing up for coverage much faster...

The post Get Covered, Texans: Dec. 15 = Health Care Enrollment Deadline! appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - November 16, 2017

It's official. The tax plan that's moving quickly through Congress is now an explicit threat to health care.

We need to swing into action, and we need to do it fast.

The tax legislation was already under fire for giving huge tax cuts to wealthy families and large corporations while increasing taxes on millions of middle class families.

Health care advocates have also...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - November 9, 2017

With a quickly approaching deadline—after which 400,000 Texas kids could be dropped from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—over 30 leading Texas health care and advocacy organizations sent a joint...

The post 30+ Texas Health Groups Send Urgent CHIP letter to Washington appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - November 9, 2017

Each day that passes, Congress gets closer to letting health care for 400,000 Texas kids fall off a cliff.

We now know that Texas may run out of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in January if Congress doesn't get moving.

That would be terrible news for Texas kids who need to see a doctor for strep throat, kids with cancer, kids who need glasses...

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