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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's role in...
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 “Hospital Waiver...
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 you, my dear. When it comes...
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 hospitals...
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 if it is...
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 nation has...
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 when they...
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...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - September 21, 2011

Today, September 21st, advocates in Texas, Washington D.C., and cities across the country gathered for My Medicaid Matters rallies. Organizations representing Texans with disabilities, seniors, children, family members, direct care workers and other allies gathered on the north steps of the State Capitol on to send a clear, united message to U.S. lawmakers that MEDICAID MATTERS to Texans, as...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - September 12, 2011

Medicaid clients will no longer have to present a letter-sized piece of paper when visiting the doctor, dentist, pharmacy or clinic for their Medicaid services. The Texas Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) has tossed the outdated paper Medicaid ID, known as Form 3087, and replaced it with a plastic magnetic-striped card. In August, the agency started issuing the new...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 13, 2011

AUSTIN – For over a decade now, Texas has been the state with the nation’s highest rate of uninsured people, but a grassroots start-up is launching with the promise to end the trend. Texas Well and Healthy is a broad-based initiative to organize thousands of parents, faith leaders, young adults, and small business ownders, alongside other concerned residents, in an effort to ensure more children...

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