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Stacey Pogue, Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, testified about medical costs during a hearing of the House Committee on Insurance, June 1, 2016.

Stacey Pogue | Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities

Texans Care for Children - June 1, 2016

In a recent wide ranging hearing, Texas legislators heard from experts and advocates on the current challenges and possible solutions to improve the health of pregnant women and babies in Texas. We appreciate the House Public Health committee identifying the health of infants as a key indicator for the overall health of a community and seeking out effective policy solutions.

Our own Adriana Kohler urged the legislature to consider expanding and streamlining access to Medicaid for pregnant women to close the gap between the time a woman discovers she’s pregnant and she enters into prenatal care. You can read more about this and other key points in her testimony and her recent op-ed titled "For...

Texans Care for Children - June 1, 2016

In a wide ranging hearing, Texas legislators heard from experts and advocates on the current challenges and possible solutions to improve the health of pregnant women and babies in Texas. We appreciate the House Public Health committee identifying the health of infants as a key indicator for the overall health of a community and seeking out effective policy solutions.

Texans Care for Children - June 1, 2016

In a wide ranging hearing, Texas legislators heard from experts and advocates on the current challenges and possible solutions to improve the health of pregnant women and babies in Texas. We appreciate the House Public Health committee identifying the health of infants as a key indicator for the overall health of a community and seeking out effective policy solutions.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 25, 2016

When any family is expecting a new baby, the first hope is that the baby is born healthy. Unfortunately several of Texas’ key indicators show that not all children have the same likelihood of reaching these milestones or celebrating their first birthday. This week we’re heading to Fort Worth to release our State of Texas […]

Texans Care for Children - May 19, 2016

Testimony to the House Public Health Committee Interim Hearing on Birth Outcomes

The next generation of honor roll students, successful entrepreneurs, and community leaders starts with healthy mothers, healthy pregnancies, and healthy birth outcomes. Texas has made progress reducing infant death and preterm births, but far too many women experience barriers to care that negatively affect pregnancy and birth and the state continues to see high rates of premature and low-birth weight babies. Texas can take steps to ensure healthier, stronger babies are born across the state by improving access to preconception, prenatal, and postpartum care; continuing to invest in evidence-based home visiting programs that support moms and babies during and after pregnancy; and streamline Medicaid eligibility and enrollment and leverage existing outreach and education efforts to target eligible but uninsured pregnant women during their first trimester of pregnancy.

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Texans Care for Children - May 19, 2016

Texas can take steps to ensure healthier, stronger babies are born across the state by improving access to preconception, prenatal, and postpartum care; continuing to invest in evidence-based home visiting programs that support moms and babies during and after pregnancy; and streamline Medicaid eligibility and enrollment and leverage existing outreach and education efforts to target eligible but uninsured pregnant women during their first trimester of pregnancy.

Texans Care for Children - May 13, 2016

This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.

"I just have a passion for pregnant women,” says Jennifer Johnson.

The community health worker in the city of Austin’s Maternal and Infant Outreach Program explains: "I’m usually in a mom’s life for less than two years, including her pregnancy and the first year of her baby’s life — but those two years set them on track for the rest of their lives.”

State legislators meeting on Thursday for a hearing on birth outcomes could learn a lot from what Johnson sees in those two years.

Pregnant moms tell Johnson they want their kids to be healthy, get a good education, and go further than their parents. But more than anything, Johnson says, they just want their kids to be healthy.

"They’re nervous. They’re excited – at least most of them. They want to learn more about what they should do to have a healthy baby,” she says. "If they can’t get to a doctor, they go by...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 11, 2016

San Antonio has a rich history that illuminates much of the great cultural diversity of Texas’ past, while giving us a peek into the state’s future. Children living in the eight-county San Antonio metro area are 64 percent Hispanic, 25 percent White, 6 percent Black and 4 percent Asian, multiracial or some other race, which […]

The post San Antonio Kids: A Glimpse at Texas’ Future appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texas Impact - May 10, 2016

Event Date: 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:00am

By:  Bee Moorhead Executive Director

The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief continued its statewide tour this week in Houston. With the exception of Senator Carlos Uresti, members of the committee continued to oppose those who testified that accepting federal funds to provide health insurance to low-income Texans could ease the strain on local property taxpayers.

Mr. Bill Turney, retired Houston resident, urged the members to look carefully at all the other states that have expanded Medicaid, and noted...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 6, 2016

It looks like Texas leaders might be on the clock to get the state’s health care system in line with the new way of doing business across the country.

For several years, the federal government has sent billions of dollars to Texas and other states to help with the unpaid hospital bills left behind by uninsured patients. But federal policy has shifted away from providing this “...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 6, 2016

It’s tax time again, and it’s the second year people will see changes to their income tax filing because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This blog covers the ACA and taxes, focusing first on taxpayers who had health coverage in 2015, and then on taxpayers who did not have health insurance for all or part of 2015.

Part One: I Had Insurance in 2015

One of the ACA’s key components...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - May 6, 2016

You can also find this blog post here, or download a fact sheet. Learn more about the updated Coverage Gap numbers here.

Between 750,000 and 1 million uninsured adult Texans are in the Coverage Gap, meaning they have no affordable health insurance options today, but they would be covered if our state accepted new federal health care funds that are available for their coverage. The...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 4, 2016

In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final report for the 2016 open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplaces, established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This year enrollment in the Marketplace continued to grow with 1.3 million Texans selecting health plans in the Marketplace, 48 percent of […]

The post 1.3 Million Texans Signed Up For Marketplace Coverage appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 3, 2016

On May 4 at 9 a.m. the Senate Business and Commerce Committee will hold an interim hearing to monitor implementation of SB 481 from the 2015 session intended to help protect consumers from surprise medical bills. SB 481 was an important step in the right direction, allowing more Texas consumers to challenge surprise medical bills. […]

The post Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills May 4 appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - May 2, 2016

Last Tuesday, the CPPP staff carpooled down wildflower-studded back roads to spend the day with our founders, the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, Texas. It was a journey back to our roots and core values. The Benedictine Sisters in Boerne, founded CPPP in 1985 to advance public policy solutions for expanding access to health care. We […]


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The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief continued its statewide tour this week in Arlington. Texas Impact was disappointed that members of the committee silenced witnesses who testified that legislators could ease the strain on local property taxpayers by accepting federal funds to provide health insurance to low-income Texans.

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Texans Care for Children - April 27, 2016

Testimony to Texas Health and Human Services Commission

When women are healthy before, during, and after their pregnancy, and they can delay or space pregnancies until they choose to have a child, their kids will be better off and have healthier outcomes. As HHSC implements Healthy Texas Women (HTW) and the Family Planning Program (FPP), it should ensure access to preventive and preconception care – including screening and treatment for conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and postpartum depression – in order to positively impact women’s health, future pregnancies, and the health of babies. The rule should also make clear that teens ages 15 to 17 who receive benefits through Children’s Health Insurance Program may enroll in HTW with parental consent to access the preventive care the legislature sought to provide to this age group.

The full testimony is available here...

Texans Care for Children - April 27, 2016

As HHSC implements Healthy Texas Women (HTW) and the Family Planning Program (FPP), it should ensure access to preventive and preconception care - including screening and treatment for conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and postpartum depression - in order to positively impact women's health, future pregnancies, and the health of babies.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - April 25, 2016

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It looks like Texas leaders might be on the clock to get the state's health care system in line with the new way of doing business across the country.

For several years, the federal government has sent billions of dollars to Texas and other states to help with the unpaid hospital bills left behind by uninsured patients. But...

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