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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 […]

The post Fewer Insurers in the Marketplace: What it Means for Texas appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - August 9, 2016

You already know that by turning down federal Medicaid expansion funding our state leaders are making line cooks and child care teachers sicker, making families poorer, and making our economy weaker.

A new report by the Center for Public Policy Priorities now shows that if our state leaders don't take action on health care in 2017, the consequences are going to escalate.

As the...

Texans Care for Children - August 1, 2016

We all want children to be healthy, succeed in school, and grow up to be our next generation of great teachers, helpful co-workers, and effective leaders. The first step is ensuring healthy pregnancies and healthy births. One of the most effective strategies to improve health outcomes for moms and babies is to make sure moms receive the care they need before, during, and after pregnancy. 

That’s why the July 1st launch of two newly redesigned programs in Texas – the Healthy Texas Women (HTW) program and the Family Planning Program (FPP) – is so important. Through these two programs, eligible low-income women can get preventive health screenings, women’s health exams, and family planning, including contraception, at little or no cost. When women...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - July 25, 2016

Are you a college student? Recent grad? Twenty-something worker? Come find out what the Coverage Gap means for you...and how to take action to secure coverage for you and other young Texans!Location:United Way of Southern Cameron County634 East Levee St.BrownsvilleFor more information contact michelle.castillo@younginvincibles.org

Texans Care for Children - July 25, 2016

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas unveiled Monday a revamped women’s health program for low-income residents that includes a boost in family planning services that the conservative state will no longer let Planned Parenthood and other organizations affiliated with abortion providers offer.

More than 5,000 health care providers are part of the new program, Healthy Texas Women, said Charles Smith, head of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. That’s a 30 percent increase from 2014, and about triple the number of providers in the state women’s health program as recently as 2011.

Those totals may alleviate abortion rights advocates’ complaints that Texas state lawmakers created a care shortage when they booted Planned Parenthood and other health organizations from Texas’ women’s health program beginning five years ago.

So many providers have already joined because Healthy Texas Women is not entirely new. It instead combines the already state-...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - July 19, 2016

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...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - July 19, 2016

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

The Central Texas community health worker 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...

Cover Texas Now Coalition - July 19, 2016

New Poll Confirms Texans Want State Leaders to Accept Medicaid Expansion Funding

A new survey confirms that Texans believe their neighbors should have an affordable health insurance option. The Houston Chronicle and other media outlets recently reported that 63 percent of Texans agree with the Texas business groups, doctors, faith leaders, and others who want state leaders to accept Medicaid...

Texans Care for Children - July 11, 2016

KUT
By Ashley Lopez

A number of health care leaders and advocates want Texas to include mosquito repellent in pharmacy benefits for people on Medicaid and other government health programs.  

It would be a way to help low-income people prevent exposure to Zika, a mosquito-borne illness that is known to cause brain defects in unborn children. But, the program could be hindered by the health care access problems in Texas.

Last week, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Charles Smith sent a letter to state officials asking the agency to consider paying for mosquito repellent for low-income women of childbearing age who need help paying for health care. Those women enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and family planning programs.

“For a family that is pinching pennies and cutting coupons, you would hate to see them wait a few weeks to buy insect repellent because they are worried about putting food on the...

Texas Impact - July 8, 2016

State health officials addressing a packed house at the McAllen Convention Center yesterday (July 6), said Texas is likely to be one of the first areas of the country to see an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The good news is that Texas already leads the nation in planning and prevention of the disease which severely affects unborn children.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - June 30, 2016

Written by CPPP Health and Wellness Intern Julia Von Alexander Currently there have been 49 recorded cases of people with Zika virus in Texas, almost all acquired from foreign travel. But experts believe that mosquitos carrying Zika will come to the Gulf Coast soon. While Texas has started a campaign telling people to protect themselves […]

The post Zika is Coming – Let’s Be Sure all Texans have Access to Preventive Measures appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Texas Impact - June 23, 2016

Note: this article was written by Associate Policy Analyst Joe Czap after a recent trip to South Texas.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - June 15, 2016

We get a lot of “numbers” questions: about uninsured Texans, and Texas Medicaid, and about how many could get covered if our state accepted federal dollars allocated to cover our low-income adults.  One challenge is that the numbers keep changing over time.  This blog post launches our latest updated estimates of the number of uninsured […]

The post Texas Medicaid Expansion and Coverage Gap Estimates Need Some Updating appeared first on Better Texas Blog.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - June 6, 2016

Texas Medicaid rules strictly limit which adults can get health coverage, and most adults who can work are ineligible. Most parents whose children get Medicaid cannot get Medicaid themselves (3 million Texas children but fewer than 148,000 parents covered in February 2016). Many Texas adults with serious illnesses and complex chronic conditions (e.g., cancer, MS) […]

The post NEW FACT SHEET:  Most Texas Adults with Serious and Chronic Illnesses Do Not Qualify for Medicaid appeared first on Better Texas Blog.


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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.

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