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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - November 7, 2017

We are facing a crisis of opioid addiction and overdoses in the U.S. and in Texas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the rate of drug...

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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - November 3, 2017

Update:  On Friday, November 3, Rosa Maria was reunited with her parents.  Her lawyers report that she has been served with a notice that she could face deportation, but charges...

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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 31, 2017

Earlier this month President Trump declared the national opioid epidemic a public health emergency. This move takes a few baby steps toward tackling a growing problem. The country is in...

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Cover Texas Now Coalition - October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Peter Clark, Texans Care for Children, pclark@txchildren.org

AUSTIN – From November 1 to December 15, Texans and others can sign up for health insurance for 2018 through the Obamacare Marketplace by visiting healthcare.gov or calling 1-800-318-2596.

"Obamacare is the law of the land," said Melissa McChesney of the...

Texans Care for Children - October 25, 2017

This week we got a view into the policy priorities for the 2019 Texas legislative session as the Speaker of the House and the Lt. Governor announced “interim charges,” the policy issues that legislative committees will study and hold hearings on over the next year. Speaker Joe Straus announced charges for the House, including several new charges related to Hurricane Harvey, while Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released two batches of charges for Senate committees (here and here) to add to his previous announcement of...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 17, 2017

While Congress members were focused on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cut Medicaid, they irresponsibly let federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expire...

The post Congress: Renew CHIP Funding NOW! appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - October 16, 2017

As you may have heard, late last week the President announced that he is ending federal payments for "cost-sharing reductions" under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It's a bizarre target, considering the program's sole purpose is to reduce costs -- namely deductibles and co-pays -- for low-income Americans who sign up for insurance through the ACA Marketplace. Over 600,000 Texans receive help to...
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 13, 2017

Unable to get health care legislation through Congress, the Trump Administration is trying to sabotage Americans’ health care coverage and livelihoods through executive actions. On October 12 Trump announced plans...

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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 11, 2017

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order soon designed to further sabotage the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. This move is one among many actions his administration has...

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

The Trump administration just issued new federal rules that allow employers or insurance companies to stop offering coverage of birth control with no out-of-pocket costs.  These rules take effect immediately. ...

The post Insurance Coverage for Contraception Should be a Health Care Standard appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - October 2, 2017

The Trump Administration is trying to sabotage the upcoming open enrollment period for signing up for health insurance on the ACA Marketplace. They're slashing outreach funding and closing down healthcare.gov on certain days during the brief enrollment period. Making it harder for people to enroll will not only leave more folks uninsured, but it will lead to higher insurance premiums. That's why...
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 29, 2017

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services released guidance outlining new special enrollment period (SEP) rules for people affected by the 2017 hurricanes. This new guidance will provide individuals who...

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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 28, 2017

The next open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace begins in just over a month, on November 1st, and ends on December 15. As community organizations across...

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Cover Texas Now Coalition - September 22, 2017

We know you've already done so much to try to stop Congress from taking our health care. And we're so grateful for everything you've done. But now, as much as we hate to say it, it's time for all of us to dig a little bit deeper.

The U.S. Senate is likely to vote on the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill on Wednesday, and it's going to be close. We're very excited to see that Senator John...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017
For Immediate Release
CONTACT:
Peter Clark, Texans Care for Children, 512-473-2274
Oliver Bernstein, CPPP, 512-289-8618

Rallies Against the Bill Are Planned Across Texas

AUSTIN – As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote next week on the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill, Texas advocates for children, families, patients, and consumers expressed...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 19, 2017

Updated September 20, 2017.  At first glance it may look like Texas comes out ahead in the Graham-Cassidy bill, the Senate’s last-ditch effort to cut Medicaid and repeal the Affordable...

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Texans Care for Children - September 19, 2017

It's time for a final push to stop health care repeal dead in its tracks.

Photos © Gage Skidmore (CC)

We're getting alarming reports that Senators are close to scrounging up enough votes to pass their new health care repeal bill. 

Known as Graham-Cassidy, it has all the terrible features that we've seen before. The bill would:

Strip health insurance from millions of Americans;Cut Medicaid for Texas children, seniors, people with disabilities, and pregnant women;End protections for people with pre-existing conditions; andMake health care more expensive.

For more details on how the bill works and what it...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 18, 2017

Some members of the U.S. Senate are making one last-ditch effort to cut Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act.  The Senate has only until September 30 – just about...

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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 14, 2017

The U.S. Census Bureau just released data from the most recent American Community Survey (ACS). Tune in LIVE today (September 14) at 2pm CT at Facebook.com/BetterTexas for a Facebook Live...

The post New Texas Household Income, Poverty Rate Census Numbers appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 12, 2017

Today’s U.S. Census data release confirms that the number of Texans without health insurance continued to decline in 2016, with uninsured Texans dropping by 70,000 from the 2015 number, and...

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