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Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - February 6, 2018

It could seem like substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid addiction are a new problem in Texas, but that’s not the case. What is more recent are the full SUD...

The post HHSC Reports Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Texas Medicaid is Working appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Texans Care for Children - January 25, 2018

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 for moms and babies is to make sure moms receive the care they need before, during, and after pregnancy.

That’s why the two newly redesigned programs in Texas – the Healthy Texas Women (HTW) program and the Family Planning Program (FPP) – are 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 can plan and space their pregnancies and get the health care they need before, during, and between pregnancies, their babies are less likely to be born premature, which reduces state health costs. Moms are more likely to get early prenatal care and the folic acid...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - January 22, 2018

This post was written by Economic Opportunity Intern Anna Crockett. No one should have to choose between their health – or their family’s health – and keeping their job. Unfortunately,...

The post Austin is Sick of This appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - January 19, 2018

During this interim legislative year, two Texas legislative committees have been tasked with studying whether Texas could use waivers authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help stabilize the...

The post Health Insurance Interim Hearings Update appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Texans Care for Children - January 17, 2018

I wanted to make sure you saw the extensive report in the Texas Tribune yesterday regarding the state's maternal mortality crisis, an issue that is sure to be on the agenda during the next legislative session. The Tribune has a follow-up story today on the shortage of rural Texas hospitals that deliver babies, one of the obstacles to prenatal care and support for maternal health.

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Cover Texas Now Coalition - January 12, 2018

This week the Trump Administration announced that it will now approve states' requests to establish Medicaid work requirements under certain circumstances.

The concept is a bad idea for all states, but especially for Texas. Ninety-six percent of Texans enrolled in Medicaid are children, seniors, pregnant women, or people with significant disabilities - not exactly great candidates for...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - December 16, 2017

The regular open enrollment period for health insurance through the Obamacare Marketplace ended Friday December 15, but Texans who either currently live in a disaster-affected area, or did when Hurricane...

The post If you were affected by Hurricane Harvey, you still have time to purchase a health insurance plan for 2018 appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Peter Clark, Texans Care for Children, pclark@txchildren.org

AUSTIN – Texans and others have until Friday, December 15 to sign up for health insurance for 2018 through the Obamacare Marketplace...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - December 6, 2017

All Texans deserve high-quality health care, whether it’s for a physical ailment or a mental health or substance use issue. In health insurance, the term “parity” describes the equal treatment...

The post The Latest on Mental Health Parity in Texas appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - December 4, 2017

The good news: despite the Trump Administration putting hurdles in front of Americans’ ability to sign up for health care for 2018, Texans are signing up for coverage much faster...

The post Get Covered, Texans: Dec. 15 = Health Care Enrollment Deadline! appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - November 16, 2017

It's official. The tax plan that's moving quickly through Congress is now an explicit threat to health care.

We need to swing into action, and we need to do it fast.

The tax legislation was already under fire for giving huge tax cuts to wealthy families and large corporations while increasing taxes on millions of middle class families.

Health care advocates have also...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - November 9, 2017

With a quickly approaching deadline—after which 400,000 Texas kids could be dropped from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—over 30 leading Texas health care and advocacy organizations sent a joint...

The post 30+ Texas Health Groups Send Urgent CHIP letter to Washington appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - November 9, 2017

Each day that passes, Congress gets closer to letting health care for 400,000 Texas kids fall off a cliff.

We now know that Texas may run out of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in January if Congress doesn't get moving.

That would be terrible news for Texas kids who need to see a doctor for strep throat, kids with cancer, kids who need glasses...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - November 7, 2017

We are facing a crisis of opioid addiction and overdoses in the U.S. and in Texas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the rate of drug...

The post Measuring and Responding to the Texas Opioid Crisis appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - November 3, 2017

Update:  On Friday, November 3, Rosa Maria was reunited with her parents.  Her lawyers report that she has been served with a notice that she could face deportation, but charges...

The post Don’t Deport 10-year-old Rosa Maria, and Stop Targeting Families appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 31, 2017

Earlier this month President Trump declared the national opioid epidemic a public health emergency. This move takes a few baby steps toward tackling a growing problem. The country is in...

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Cover Texas Now Coalition - October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Peter Clark, Texans Care for Children, pclark@txchildren.org

AUSTIN – From November 1 to December 15, Texans and others can sign up for health insurance for 2018 through the Obamacare Marketplace by visiting healthcare.gov or calling 1-800-318-2596.

"Obamacare is the law of the land," said Melissa McChesney of the...

Texans Care for Children - October 25, 2017

This week we got a view into the policy priorities for the 2019 Texas legislative session as the Speaker of the House and the Lt. Governor announced “interim charges,” the policy issues that legislative committees will study and hold hearings on over the next year. Speaker Joe Straus announced charges for the House, including several new charges related to Hurricane Harvey, while Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released two batches of charges for Senate committees (here and here) to add to his previous announcement of...

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) - October 17, 2017

While Congress members were focused on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cut Medicaid, they irresponsibly let federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expire...

The post Congress: Renew CHIP Funding NOW! appeared first on CPPP Blog | Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Cover Texas Now Coalition - October 16, 2017

As you may have heard, late last week the President announced that he is ending federal payments for "cost-sharing reductions" under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It's a bizarre target, considering the program's sole purpose is to reduce costs -- namely deductibles and co-pays -- for low-income Americans who sign up for insurance through the ACA Marketplace. Over 600,000 Texans receive help to...

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