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).
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
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
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 […]
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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 […]
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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 the budget-writing process, and there's still time to speak to...
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 […]
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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
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 […]
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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...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - January 26, 2017
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2017 Legislative Agenda
Toward the goal of expanding health coverage to more Texans, the Cover Texas Now Coalition supports the following policy strategies and initiatives:
Improve the health and well-being of Texans by ensuring access to affordable health care coverage:
a) Create comprehensive coverage...
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - January 26, 2017
With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment deadline just one week away, it’s important to outline how important the landmark health law has been for Texans. Over 1.1 million Texans have selected plans in the health insurance Marketplace so far, with 27 percent of them being new to the Marketplace this year. In our […]
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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - January 24, 2017
Building on the state’s recent progress in mental health capacity and quality is a top priority for lawmakers this Legislative Session, as identified in the interim report by the House Select Committee on Mental Health. CPPP is pleased to see this comprehensive and timely report. The report provides a detailed review of eight public hearings […]
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