Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - November 11, 2016
Given the results of the national election, we know that many people concerned with Texans’ access to quality health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are uncertain about the future availability of coverage. It’s too early to predict what policy changes Texas and the rest of the country might see, but here are some things […]
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Texas Impact - November 10, 2016
Thursday, November 17, Texas Impact staff will be available via webinar to help congregations participating in, or interested in the Health Justice Sabbath. We will also make time available to listen to what you plan on doing and share ideas.
To learn more about the Health Justice Sabbath, or to register your congregation, go to www.abovepoliticstx.org.
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Texas Impact - November 4, 2016
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Friday's Above Politics Health Advocacy Training, Part 1. Congregational Outreach Director Scott Atnip and Policy Analyst Imaad Khan discussed health justice in Texas and provided resources to prepare leaders for Texas Impact's Health Justice Sabbath or to host a Health Advocacy Training in their local congregation or community.
The full webinar video is available on Youtube and embedded below.
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - November 2, 2016
This post was written by Kamia Rathore and it’s our second post in our Countdown to Coverage series. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, the number of uninsured veterans has dropped nationally. This trend has filtered down to Texas, but our state still has about 72,000 veterans who lack insurance—meaning Texas has the highest […]
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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 28, 2016
Cover Texas Now Coalition - October 28, 2016
We're excited to launch a new campaign today to give YOU another way to stand up for uninsured Texans!
Right now in Texas, there are moms who have cancer but can't get the treatment they need. Dads who can't pay for their depression medication. Child care teachers, construction workers, and cooks one wrong step away from drowning in medical debt.
These are the kinds of...
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 24, 2016
This post was written by Stacey Pogue and Melissa McChesney and it’s the first post of several in our Countdown to Coverage series. We’re kicking off our annual blog series leading into the fourth open enrollment, the period when people can up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. It’s important to first identify […]
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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 12, 2016
Texas Impact - September 20, 2016
Texas Impact's Board of Directors, representing more than two-dozen Christian, Jewish, and Muslim denominational bodies, as well as hundreds of local congregations, ministerial alliances and interfaith networks, and thousands of people of faith throughout Texas, adopted the statement below on September 13 at their biennial legislative board retreat.
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 13, 2016
Texans Care for Children - September 13, 2016
Testimony to Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
The 1115 Medicaid Waiver has provided critical funding for uncompensated care in Texas hospitals and innovative DSRIP projects – including projects to address unintended pregnancy, birth outcomes, and maternal health – in communities throughout the state. With the stopgap Waiver extension expiring at the end of 2017, next year state leaders must develop a Texas plan to expand health coverage in order to avoid a severe cut in health care funding provided through the Waiver. If the Waiver expires without a plan in place, Texas communities would face a $1.3 billion cut in health care funding in 2018 and deeper cuts in the future. It's important to note that whether or not Texas reaches a Waiver renewal agreement, and whether or not Texas accepts Medicaid expansion funding, the federal funding will not be renewed for uncompensated care for Texans who could be...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - September 13, 2016
Watch testimony from Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, during an interim hearing with the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, September 13, 2016.
Watch more clips from the September 13 Health and Human Services interim hearing here.
Anne Dunkelberg | Associate Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities...
Cover Texas Now Coalition - September 12, 2016
As the Legislature prepares to address the expiring 1115 Medicaid Waiver, and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee holds a hearing Tuesday on the Waiver, let's take a look at what's at stake for the state and for your county....
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 7, 2016
Hello! I’m excited to join the Health and Wellness team at CPPP as the organization’s first Hogg Foundation Mental Health Policy Fellow. I am a native of Monterrey, Mexico. I moved to Austin in 2010 to attend the University of Texas at Austin, and this past May I graduated with a Master of Public Affairs […]
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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 2, 2016
If you go to a hospital that is in your insurance company’s network, you can assume you’ll only get in-network medical bills, right? That is now true in four of the five largest U.S. states, but not here in Texas. This week California passed Assembly Bill 72, a strong bill that protects California patients from […]
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Texas Impact - September 1, 2016
This week marks the halfway point in is Texas’ 2016-2017 biennial budget cycle—and it’s already clear that legislators will face significant fiscal challenges when they convene in January.
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - September 1, 2016
This post originally appeared on Texas Well and Healthy. A Texas Senate Committee travelling the state to discuss property tax reform is hearing loud and clear that accepting Medicaid expansion funding should be part of their strategy, and now they’ve received a response to many of the questions and comments they’ve offered during those hearings. Medicaid expansion […]
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Cover Texas Now Coalition - August 25, 2016
Several insurers have announced plans to withdraw from the Marketplace in 2017, both in Texas and nationally. Aetna, United Healthcare, and Scott and White have each announced that they will not offer plans on the Texas Marketplace in 2017. Humana has indicated that it will exit some state Marketplaces, participating in 11 states in 2017 compared to 19 states this year. Humana hasn’t yet...
Texas Impact - August 24, 2016
The spread of the mosquito-borne virus known as Zika, the first new virus in 50 years to have known links to serious birth defects, has national and state officials working quickly to address the disease in Texas. To help combat Zika, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt met on Monday, August 22, in Austin with various faith community leaders and Texas Impact staff to discuss Texas’ Zika plan. Several more congregational and denominational leaders called in by phone to hear the Commissioner's report.
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - August 19, 2016
Several insurers have announced plans to withdraw from the Marketplace in 2017, both in Texas and nationally. Aetna, United Healthcare, and Scott and White have each announced that they will not offer plans on the Texas Marketplace in 2017. Humana has indicated that it will exit some state Marketplaces, participating in 11 states in 2017 […]
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