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Cover Texas Now Coalition - June 17, 2012

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How much do you know about the uninsured?  I mean, how much do you really know? Chances are if you're reading this blog you know the state of Texas has the highest rate of uninsured children and people of any state in the country.  In fact, about 1 in 5 children, and even...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - June 15, 2012

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I have always aimed to work for a large company. This was as much to maximize my career potential as it was in finding a good paying job. I was taught by my father to look at the intangibles when negotiating compensation, not the least of which was health insurance benefits. When...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - June 14, 2012

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In 1974, President Nixon wrote his proposal to Congress for the implementation of his Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan. In it, he notes that “the average cost of a day of hospital care has exceeded $110” ($480.79 in today’s dollars) and that the “average cost of delivering a baby and providing postnatal care approaches $1000” ($4,370.85...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - June 14, 2012

June 14, 2012                                                Contact: Christine Sinatra    (512) 473-2274 AUSTIN — Texas Well and Healthy, a grassroots campaign working to ensure affordable, quality health care for Texans, and its lead organizations--the Children's Defense Fund-Texas, Engage Texas, Texans Care for Children and the Center for Public Policy Priorities--released the following...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - June 12, 2012

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When it comes to specialty care, America has the world’s most advanced medical system. Yet compared with the rest of the developed world, our health as a country is mediocre at best, despite all that we pay for it. Most of us are familiar with this in one form or another – maybe we’ve waited...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - June 7, 2012

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Dear Concerned Friend, In the first part of my response, I shared the PCIP health insurance option for your pregnant and uninsured friend. There is also good news for others who lack employer sponsored insurance, including your friend’s husband. His health needs, unlike those of...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - June 7, 2012

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Dear Cheasty, My friend just found out she's pregnant. She and her husband each own small businesses (she’s a massage therapist and he’s an artist), and they don’t have health insurance. When she tried to buy health insurance for her pregnancy she found she couldn’t because being...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012                                                Contact: Christine Sinatra    (512) 473-2274

1,600 Texans petition for action on rate hikes left pending for as long as seven months

AUSTIN — The Texas agency whose job it is to be a watchdog over the health insurance industry is dragging its feet on reviewing steep price increases by insurers, said a...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 30, 2012

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Dear Cheasty,  My question is the following: What if I am insured and I have my family on my plan. Because of this, my premium is high - very high - to where I am barely making my bills on time. Will there be a change in family plan insurance premiums with the health reform? Sincerely,...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 30, 2012

Texas Medicaid benefits all of us. Find out how and why here: Posted by: Liz Moskowitz, Texans Care for Children
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 25, 2012

Ask-Cheasty-Visual-5.21-2-300x231_2.jpg Dear Cheasty, I saw a political advertisement the other day saying that the Affordable Health Care Act would not help out Senior citizens. It depicted President Obama pushing an elderly woman over cliff. Will the Affordable Health Care Act throw grandma over the cliff????? Sincerely, Worried about Grandma   Dear WAG, Oh...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 23, 2012

Ever wondered what a Texas Well and Healthy workshop or event is like? The Waco Herald-Tribune explains our "crash course on changes triggered by national health reform" in its May 10 edition. Stacey Pogue, senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities presented our workshop at Waco's Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. Read more.
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 21, 2012

UPDATE: July 13, 2012: Today, the Texas Department of Insurance relayed it would not apply for $3 million in available funds for a consumer health assistance program. To our dismay, the press release below is needed for a second time. Original post: May 18, 2012                                                Contact: Christine Sinatra: (512) 853-0506 AUSTIN — A program that helped thousands of...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 16, 2012

Dear Cheasty, Ask-Cheasty-5-15-Visual-2-300x300_5.jpg This is an interesting time to talk about non-profits given the economic collapse and the health care reform act. Would you be able to write a few paragraphs regarding the impact of healthcare reform, the rising costs and the challenges non-profits may feel with regard to offering benefits to their employees?...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 13, 2012

Being a mother is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs most women will ever undertake. It’s not hard to imagine how difficult that job becomes when a mother isn’t able to take care of herself. Unfortunately, for an uninsured or underinsured parent, an untreated illness can compromise a mother’s ability to take care of her kids. Consider this example from a young mother in Austin who...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 11, 2012

small-business-insurance-image_2.jpg Dear Cheasty, I am the owner of a small business that employs 75 people.  Our company provides access to health, dental, vision, life, LTD, ADD, and optional insurance. The company pays the first $300 of the full premium, which represents up to an 80% contribution rate on the employer side. During a recent talk I heard you give...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 7, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN8m8rocLAk Some people think young adults don’t want or need health insurance, and, believe me, I used to feel the same way. But after I graduated from college, employers didn’t provide health benefits and my parents had retired, I realized how wrong I was. For me, health insurance was something I didn’t really appreciate or understand until I no longer had it....
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 3, 2012

You know what I love? Some unexpected cash! Walking to my mailbox and finding an unexpected check is pretty high on the list of things that make me happy. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, close to 2 million Texans are going to experience one of my very favorite things this summer. How? Check-150x150_2.png According to the 80/20 rule of the Affordable Care Act,...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 3, 2012

Dear Cheasty, I have a question about ObamaCare: What will it cost over 10 years, and how many will it cover?  I’d also like to know the same about Paul Ryan’s proposed health “reform.” Sincerely, Captain Comparison Dear Captain Comparison, As I’m sure you’re aware, comparing Obama’s health reform law to the proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan is a classic case of apples and oranges. Sure, they’re...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 30, 2012

Earlier this month, our campaign reported that Governor Perry called a program more than 3.5 million Texans rely on for health care a "time bomb." Which Texans, you might ask? Almost half of all children and several hundred thousand vulnerable adults, nearly all of them expectant mothers, Texans with disabilities, or poor seniors, a lot of them in nursing homes. The program is Medicaid, and what...

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