Register for March 12th Coverage Expansion Advocacy Day

We are excited to announce that registration is officially open for our Coverage Expansion Advocacy Day. The goal of the day will be to bring a public, statewide voice to the Capitol regarding the need to close the Coverage Gap for low-income workers, caretakers, college students and Texans living with disabilities. 

We will meet at the state Capitol at 10:00 am on March 12 and finish at 3:30 pm. Please register here if you plan on attending, or would like to get involved. Some different ways of participating include

New Resources and Infographics on the Texas Coverage Gap

Get them while they're hot! We have fresh infographics and resources for you to use in your work towards expanding the Texas Coverage Gap. They answer questions like, who does the Coverage Gap impact? What occupations are most affected? What can the Texas Legislature do?

Click on the links below to download.

Downloads:

The Benefits of Closing the Coverage Gap in Anderson County (pdf)

The Texas Coverage Gap (pdf)

We Can Strengthen Families and Our State's Economy brochure (pdf)

Resources & Materials: How You Can Get Involved!

Following the 2014 Cover Texas Now summit on connecting Texans with health care coverage on October 14, we've shared some resources, materials and opportunities for you to get active in your hometown or at the Texas Capitol, as an individual or as an organization. We've also included all the presentations from the summit, so check them out now!

Sign on to the Cover Texas Now 2015 Legislative Agenda

We invite you to support our advocacy by signing on to our 2015 Legislative Agenda. We look forward to building our membership among more groups sharing our commitment to covering more Texans, from Medicaid-CHIP to the Marketplace.

For this legislative session, we are offering 2 options for organizations to sign on to the Cover Texas Now legislative agenda:
1.    sign on to the Cover Texas Now legislative agenda, and be listed as a Cover Texas Now member;
2.    or, simply sign on to the Cover Texas Now legislative agenda. Any organization that supports this year’s legislative agenda is welcome to sign on, not just Cover Texas Now members. You do not need to be a coalition member to support the coalition principles. This is a change from the process in previous years.

You can see the most recent list of CTN members and the shared principles online.

Texas Should Accept Federal Health Care Funds to Close the Coverage Gap

Click here for a printable one pager on the Coverage Gap. Texas Left Me Out

Uninsured low-income workers can now buy reduced-price coverage in the health care Marketplace if their income is above the poverty line. But for uninsured workers earning less than $12,000 per year or $24,000 for a family of four, affordable insurance is only available if Texas accepts federal health care funds. Because Texas has not accepted the funds yet, a million Texans are in the Coverage Gap. As a result, Texans pay taxes twice for health care for these low-wage workers. We pay federal taxes, but these benefits only go to states that accept them. So we also pay high property taxes for local health programs and hospitals.

Texas Left Me Out: Letter To Legislators

Today more than 40 Texas health care advocacy organizations, faith and community groups launched Texas Left Me Out, a campaign in English and Spanish to collect stories from uninsured Texans left in the coverage gap and connect them with available health care options and advocacy efforts.

While thousands of Texans living above the poverty line are successfully purchasing health plans on the Marketplace and getting help to pay for them, more than one million of Texas’ poorest adults are still being left out due to Texas’ choice to refuse billions of federal dollars to extend coverage to them. 

Download the PDF. (Right-click and choose "Save Link As...")


Cover Texas Now members provide testimony on flawed Navigator rule proposal

The Texas Department of Insurance recently held two hearings on proposed rules to regulate navigators in Texas (read more about the proposed rules in the post below).  Navigators under Affordable Care Act are community organizations, such as the United Way, that receive federal funding to help uninsured individuals learn about and enroll in health coverage through Health Insurance Marketplace.  Health insurance policies and choices can be confusing, especially for people who are not familiar with health insurance.  Navigators provide in-person assistance through the process.

Members of the Cover Texas Now coalition provided testimony at the hearings:

State’s Navigator Rule Could Impede Health Insurance Enrollment

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

December 16, 2013

Stacey PogueLast week, the Texas Department of Insurance released proposed rules on “navigators”—community organizations like the United Way that help uninsured people apply for health insurance.  As proposed, the rules could prevent or delay the important work of navigators.  Fort Worth Star Telegram editors agree, noting that the rules will impede insurance enrollment and hinder progress on reducing Texas’ worst-in-the nation uninsured rate.

Countdown to Coverage: Have Questions About Fees?

BLOG_DefaultStarting October 1, 2013 many Americans will have the opportunity to enroll in new affordable coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  With these new coverage opportunities, however, comes a new requirement that most individuals have health insurance in 2014, or pay a fee to go uninsured.  The prospect of paying a fee (or “penalty,” as it is also called) may sound intimidating, but we’re here with the good news that most people who have coverage today already meet this new requirement, and that not everyone will be subject to the fees in 2014 and beyond.  Learn more below!

What if I Already Have Insurance?  Will I Owe a Fee?

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