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Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 21, 2012

As law’s second anniversary approaches, 7.5 Million Texans enjoy benefits already

March 20, 2012                                                Contact: Christine Sinatra    (512) 473-2274      

AUSTIN — Texas is one of the biggest winners under health care reform, with more of its residents benefiting from provisions of the federal law than is true for almost any other...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 20, 2012

Dear Texas,

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Happy 2nd Birthday Health Reform!

Usually in this column, you ask me questions about health care and I answer them. This week, however, is different. This week is BIG. So big, in fact, that I’m going to switch things up a little bit and I am going to ask you a question. Are you ready for it? OK, here it goes:

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Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 19, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY

Please join Texas Well and Healthy on Tuesday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m. for a discussion of how the Affordable Care Act is helping Texas families, as you consider and prepare reports for the second anniversary of the health law’s passage and the Supreme Court hearing on the law in the days ahead.

WHO:  Texas Well and Healthy, a statewide grassroots campaign of...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 13, 2012

(Editor’s Note:  The real-life letter from “Ticked off” below has been edited to make the language more suitable for general audiences.)

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Photo Credit: emily_jillian under a Creative Commons License

Dear Cheasty,

WTH. I hate health insurance companies. I used to be covered by my father’s insurance, but I just...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 7, 2012

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Rallying for Women's Health - Austin, TX

Dear Cheasty,

Over the past few days I’ve heard some stuff in the news about Texas and how we’re going to cancel our Women’s Health Program. I don’t understand. In the first place, what is the WHP, exactly? Also, depending on who is talking, I can’t really tell whether...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 2, 2012

Health reform to provide new alternatives in 2014

AUSTIN — On February 23, the Center for Public Policy Priorities highlighted a new national report that shows employer provided health coverage has been on the decline over the last decade, and Texans are among the Americans least likely to be covered by their job, or by their spouse or parent’s job. The report, released by the Economic Policy...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - February 29, 2012

At the Capitol this week, supporters of Texas Well and Healthy touted benefits of the Affordable Care Act, a law that has already improved the lives of more than 6 million Texans. Here we offer excerpts of what just a handful of Texans affected by the law shared with decision-makers.

Texan Mike Siegel explained what the law means for his small business and others like his:

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Cover Texas Now Coalition - February 24, 2012

AUSTIN - There isn't any state whose people have more to gain from health reform than Texas. Our kids, families, and young adults already are getting better bargains and reliability in their health care, while more benefits kick in during 2014.

On Monday, February 27, the Insurance Committee and the Public Health Committee of the Texas House are set to hold a joint hearing on the state'...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - February 22, 2012

Contributed by: Anne Dunkelberg, Center for Public Policy Priorities

Last week, I promised to come up with shorthand names to help us distinguish between the two different Medicaid 1115 waivers. To avoid wonky acronyms, I've decided to call the new waiver that the feds approved in December 2011—formally named, “Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program”—the “...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - February 21, 2012

Dear Cheasty,

If my employer offers a pretty standard level of health insurance, will there be any changes to my plan when health reform is implemented in 2014? Do I get to keep that insurance plan if I like it? Will I see any benefit as an 'average insured American' who receives employer sponsored coverage?  Thanks!

Anxious in Austin

Dear Anxious,

Great news for...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - February 20, 2012

Cover Texas Now member Texas Impact has joined more than sixty national, state and local organizations in filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Medicaid expansions in the Affordable Care Act. The brief argues that these expansions more completely address the original intent of Medicaid - to fulfill the moral imperative to assist those who are...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - February 17, 2012

In December, federal Medicaid officials approved a Texas request for a Medicaid waiver officially named “Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program.”  This waiver lets Texas Medicaid expand HMO-style care to more Texans without losing large federal payments to hospitals.  In return for keeping those federal dollars, Texas will re-purpose them into a fund to help pay...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - February 15, 2012

Engage Texas is a 501 c(4) nonprofit organization that supports and coordinates progressive nonprofit organizations around Texas. Texas Well and Healthy is a statewide grassroots campaign to improve the health and well being of Texans. We are building a broad-based movement around the state and are in need of thoughtful, creative, and engaged interns for supporting this expanding project....

Cover Texas Now Coalition - February 14, 2012

Dear Cheasty,

I'm confused about the contraception regulation controversy that exploded in the news last week. I was under the impression that women already have access to birth control through their insurers. Is anything going to change with the compromise they reached on Friday?

Thanks,
Confused about Contraception

Dear Confused,

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Cover Texas Now Coalition - February 7, 2012

Dear Cheasty,

Hello. I work for a small company and one of my co-workers just told me that this year our insurance premiums are being reduced. I asked some more questions and he told me that our entire office might even get a refund check in the mail from the insurance company this year. I was delighted to hear that of course! I was wondering, though, what’s going on? Is this true? And...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - February 4, 2012

Today is the third anniversary of bipartisan legislation that strengthened the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known in Texas as CHIP. This anniversary provides a great opportunity to reflect on our progress and highlight the important successes we have to celebrate when it comes to extending health coverage to all children.

In the three years since CHIP's reauthorization, the...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - December 15, 2011

Dear Cheasty,

I am a health care advocate for low-income families in Texas. I am excited about the Affordable Care Act because it will help so many of the people I work with. But with all the lawsuits and questions about whether the law is constitutional, I’m not sure if I can count on the health care reforms I am looking forward to. Even worse, I’m not sure what to tell my clients...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - October 26, 2011

Cover Texas Now and other organizations are signing on to letter requesting theTexas HHSC to establish an ongoing dialogue process for informing the public and receiving broad stakeholder input on policy development related to Texas’ July 2011 application for a Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Advocates are concerned there is no...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - October 25, 2011

Cover Texas Now Coalition - October 24, 2011

Cover Texas Now member TexPIRG’s recent report “Making the Grade: A Scorecard for State Health Insurance Exchanges” indicates Texas is one of 24 states with an "incomplete" in it’s scorecard on health insurance exchanges. According to the report Texas has accepted federal planning grants but has yet to acknowledge whether they'll run their own exchanges or let the federal government come in...

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