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

House Bill 1486, sponsored by Chairman Four Price, has been referred to the House Committee on Public Health on March 21. The common-sense proposal would give more access to peer support services to Texans in need of mental health and substance use disorder services.  Mental health peer support is a cost-effective, evidence-based practice in which […]

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

The Congressional health care proposal is not a real plan for maintaining or increasing health care coverage in this country. It's an ill-conceived scheme that would massively expand the uninsured population and threaten Americans' well-being.

The post Congressional health scheme would cause 24 million in U.S. to lose insurance appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texans Care for Children - March 14, 2017

At this point, you've probably learned that the Obamacare repeal plan in Congress is expected to make private health insurance more expensive and out of reach for millions of Americans. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just announced that it expects 24 million fewer Americans to have health insurance in 2026 if the bill passes.

But did you know that the bill includes a provision to permanently...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 9, 2017

On Monday night, Republican leaders in the U.S. House filed their health care repeal bill.

After a busy week, including votes in two House Committees, the bill now goes to the Budget Committee. The Committee includes two Texans: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (representing part of Houston) and Rep. Jodey Arrington (representing Lubbock, Abilene, and nearby communities).

Some analysts...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - March 9, 2017

What a day!

On Monday, about one thousand Texans came together at the state Capitol on a beautiful day to fight for health care.

We had a fired up crowd and moving speakers at our rally. We held a number of meetings with key legislative offices. We had Texans from all over the state raise their voices on social media or through phone calls to Congress. And our rally and message...

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

By Anne Dunkelberg This week I joined CPPP Senior Policy Analyst Stacey Pogue for a Facebook Live discussion about what Congressional health care proposals might mean for Texas. You can watch a recording of the discussion here. Overall: The most distressing part of the Congressional plan is that it doesn’t provide a pathway to reach […]

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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - March 8, 2017

Surprise medical bills happen when insurers and doctors or other health care providers – fighting over prices – jointly pass the buck to a patient, who received out-of-network health care unknowingly. Texas technically has a “mediation” system for surprise medical bills but the hurdles patients must overcome just to get in the door, prevent most […]

The post Hopeful legislation could help address our Texas-sized surprise medical billing problem appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texas Impact - March 7, 2017

On March 6, U.S. House leaders made public their long-awaited plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and restructure Medicaid. Key committees will have about 36 hours to review the legislation before voting on it on Wednesday.

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

As CPPP’s Stacey Pogue recently explained, U.S. House leaders are expected to file legislation within days that will begin to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or Obamacare). Based on an outline made public in February, the bill is expected to result in fewer people being able to afford insurance—especially low- and moderate-income […]

The post Congressional Medicaid Proposals Would Mean Big Cuts to Medicaid, Higher Costs for Texas appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - March 1, 2017

Congressional Republicans are reportedly adding to an initial plan to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or Obamacare), which will result in fewer people being able to afford insurance—especially low- and moderate-income individuals—and insurance plans that cover less. The plan certainly fails to live up to President Trump’s vow that the ACA replacement […]

The post Congress’ Latest ACA “Replacement” Plan Falls Far Short appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - February 27, 2017

Early this month the Senate confirmed Dr. Tom Price, a former Congressman from Georgia, as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. During his confirmation hearing Price said he was committed to, “making certain that every single American has access to the kind of coverage that they want and has the financial feasibility to […]

The post New ACA Marketplace Rules, Good for Insurance Companies Bad for Consumers appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texans Care for Children - February 23, 2017

Testimony to the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Article II

Texans Care for Children is committed to ensuring that the state adequately invests in children so they can stay healthy, grow up to achieve their goals, and help build a bright future for Texas. We thank the Legislature for its continued commitment to Texas’ women’s health programs that ensure more Texas mothers and babies are healthy and are critical for the state’s fiscal health. Key improvements are needed in the Article II budget – including Medicaid, CHIP, and Early Childhood Intervention – to make sure vital programs are sustainable through the 2018-2019 biennium. Underfunding programs that are critical for kids and pregnant women is an unwise step that puts access to services at risk. Continued investment in these programs saves the state money by preventing poor outcomes, such as premature birth, birth defects,...

Texans Care for Children - February 22, 2017

We have a number of concerns about the health and human services budget that legislators are currently writing. For example, the initial draft of the budget doesn't cover the growing number of babies and toddlers expected in Early Childhood Intervention. And legislators still have not reversed the Medicaid cuts to therapies for kids with disabilities, although the House has at least pledged to fix it in a "supplemental" budget bill and included a partial restoration in its proposed budget for the next two years. Meanwhile, the Senate budget bill raises multiple concerns. Notably, it fails to fully fund Medicaid and proposes a $1 billion across-the-board cut. For its part, the House proposal includes a worrisome $100 million Medicaid "cost containment" cut.

The good news is that we're early in...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - February 22, 2017

Today, we released a new report, video, and fact sheets on surprise medical bills. Surprise medical bills happen when insurers and doctors or other health care providers–fighting over prices– jointly pass the buck to a patient, who received out-of-network health care unknowingly. Surprise billing is especially common in an emergency–when sick or injured patients must […]

The post New Report Shows Only a Tiny Fraction of Texas Patients Helped with Surprise Bills appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texas Impact - February 17, 2017

Feb. 20-24, talk to you your U.S. Senator and Representative about health care!

Monday marks the beginning of the Presidents' Day congressional recess, a one-week "district work week" when many members of Congress will be looking to connect with their constituents. 

Texas Impact - February 17, 2017

On Tuesday, February 14, the Senate Committee on Finance heard testimony on Article IX of SB 1, the Senate's proposed Texas budget. Coalition partners with Texans Care for Children and the Center for Public Policy Priorities spoke against the proposed across-the-board program cuts included in the General Provisions section of the budget.

Video highlights include:

Stephanie Rubin, CEO of Texans Care for Children

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - February 15, 2017

Texans in need of mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) care too often experience barriers to assistance because insurance companies fail to comply with mental health parity laws. Mental health parity means that insurance benefits for mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) care are equal to coverage for physical health care. For example, […]

The post Important Mental Health Bills Would Assure Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texas Impact - February 3, 2017

On Tuesday, January 31, the Senate Finance Committee listened to public testimony on Article II, the Health and Human Services portion of the budget. The Senate budget is already barebones, but an additional provision in the bill requires an across the board cut that could result in an extra $500 million cut to health and human services. This cut threatens low-income children, people with disabilities, seniors, pregnant women, kids in foster care, Texas with mental health challenges and others who rely on these services.



Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - January 30, 2017

This week CPPP joins dozens of other Texans—individuals and organizations—to testify on the Texas Senate’s current state budget proposal, Senate Bill 1. As our testimony details, we are alarmed by several key Senate budget proposals related to Medicaid: Not fully funding Medicaid in the final month(s) of the 2016-2017 budget, denying $1.2 billion in general […]

The post When Does Texas Senate’s Deep Medicaid “Under-Funding” become a “Cut”? appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - January 27, 2017

The Texas Senate has released its proposed budget for the next two years, and it's downright scary.

The Senate plan requires an across the board cut that could result in an extra half billion-dollar cut to health and human services. The cuts pose a grave risk to low-income children, people with disabilities, seniors, pregnant women, kids in foster care, Texans with mental health...

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