Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)

The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy institute committed to improving public policies to better the economic and social conditions of low- and moderate-income Texans. The Center pursues this mission through independent research, policy analysis and development, public education, advocacy, coalition-building and technical assistance. See below for more information about CPPP’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • CPPP Issues a Statement in Response to Texas Officials' Questions on Expanding Medicaid

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    TX: Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, issued a statement in response to questions raised by Texas Officials as to the state’s options in expanding its Medicaid program. Dunkelberg stated, “All Texans should call on our state leadership to embrace this historic opportunity to expand Medicaid to dramatically increase the number of Texans with health insurance.  Doing so will save local tax dollars, be a boon to our economy, and, most important, be a huge step toward providing all Texans with access to health care."  
  • Texas Advocates Held Research Briefing on ACA Coverage in Texas Counties and Released a Summary on a Legislative Medicaid Expansion Discussion

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities held a research briefing on March 8th sponsored by the Methodist Healthcare Ministries, on two academic models developed to determine how insurance coverage options under the ACA and Medicaid expansion would affect Texas counties. In addition, Texas Well and Healthy published a summary on the Texas Appropriations Committee Medicaid Expansion Discussion.

     

  • How Does the ACA Affect Mental Health in Texas? Read CPPP's Report!

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities released a report examining how the ACA affects individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. The report reviews federal and state laws implemented prior to the passage of the ACA and highlights the benefits these individuals are now receiving through the ACA, such as provisions prohibiting insurers from denying coverage or raising premium costs for pre-existing conditions. 

  • CPPP Takes a Closer Look at Medicaid Expansion Costs and Benefits in Texas!

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) published slide decks that were presented to the state legislature on a budget and revenue outlook for 2013, how Medicaid Expansion can benefit the state, mental health in Texas, and health insurance rate review process. CPPP also held a legislative briefing – Strengthening Texas Families – on February 15, 2013 and released a report providing the latest estimates from Texas Medicaid officials on state costs, federal funding benefits, and numbers of newly uninsured individuals if the state expands the Medicaid program. CPPP will hold a legislative briefing on March 8th to review the recent research on Medicaid Expansion, the impact of Medicaid in the state, and a review of primary care shortages in Texas.
  • CPPP Says, "Protect Texas Families from Sequestration!"

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    TX: F. Scott McCown, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, released a press release on how sequestration will affect Texas families and state economy. 

    F. Scott McCown, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, released a  on how sequestration will affect Texas families and state economy. 



  • Did You Know that Expanding Medicaid Could Cut the Uninsured Rate in Half in Texas? Get the Scoop From KidsWell Texas!

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities was quoted in a Waco Tribune editorial highlighting how expanding Medicaid would decrease the number of uninsured from 24% to 10.7% in McLennan County. . 
  • CPPP is Making Sense out of Dollars and Cents by Arguing for a State Budget that Reflects the Texas’ Medicaid Needs

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    TX: F. Scott McCown, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), issued a statement in response to the release of the biennial revenue estimate by the Texas Comptroller for the 2014-15 State Budget.  McCrown argues that the state legislature must develop a budget that reflects the state’s needs concerning Medicaid. CPPP also released a new education tool developed from data published by the U.S. Census Bureau and other public sources that measures what families need to budget to receive basic needs. 
  • CPPP Released Documentary Trailer on Families Living in Poverty

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities released a two-minute trailer on a 30 minute documentary -  A Fighting Chance – which talks about families living in poverty in Texas and what they need to do to ensure that they have their most basic needs.
  • CPPP Released Policy Brief Comparing Costs of Coverage Between Texas Health Insurance Pool and Health Insurance Exchange

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities published a policy brief providing a comparison of cost differences between the Texas Health Insurance Pool (THIP) and the ACA’s Health Insurance Exchange for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The brief argues that the Exchange will provide many current THIP beneficiaries with more affordable coverage options and outlines the steps needed to transition beneficiaries from THIP to the Exchange in 2014.
  • CPPP Launched a New Website with Resources to Provide Information and Tools to Continue Working Toward a Better Texas

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    Texas: The Centers for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) launched a new website, which includes the new Better Texas Blog and Story Forum. These new resources are aimed at providing more information and tools on continuing to work for a better Texas. CPPP will also hold a documentary screening and discussion on December 6th about families living in poverty in Texas and what they need to do to ensure that they have their most basic needs. 
  • National and State KidsWell Partners Released Reports Examining Children's Health Care Coverage Needs

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    First Focus released its final report compiling 13 publications examining children’s needs in the Southwest states of the U.S. The Center for Public Policy Priorities (TX) and Children Now (CA) helped in developing one of the publications focusing on prospects for continued progress for children’s coverage.
  • CPPP was Featured in an Op-Ed Highlighting Findings on the Benefits of Medicaid Expansion in the State

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    Texas: The Center for Public Policy Priorities was featured in an Op-Ed which highlighted its findings that expanding the Medicaid program would cover an additional 1.6 million Texans and save more than 9,000 lives per year. 
  • Texas Well and Healthy Published Educational Resources on the ACA and Reports from Texas Advocates on How Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit Texans

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy published educational resources on the ACA including: a series of top 10 factsheets; health care video “one-pagers” on lessons learned and what the ACA means for state residents; and reports from various Texas advocates, including the Center for Public Policy Priorities, on how expanding the state’s Medicaid program would benefit Texans.
  • CPPP Released Data on All 254 Texas Counties Illustrating the Impact of Medicaid Expansion

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    CPPP also compiled data for the 254 Texas counties to illustrate the expected impact on uninsured numbers and rates by county if the state moves forward to expand its Medicaid program.
  • CPPP Released a Policy Brief Highlighting How All Texas Counties Will See a Decrease in Uninsured Rates if the State Fully Implemented the ACA

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    TX: CPPP released a policy brief summarizing a recently released study which determined that every county in Texas would see a drop in their uninsured rates and as many as 4.4 million Texans would gain health coverage if the state fully implemented the ACA.
  • CPPP Fact Sheet Lays Out Differences Between Two Census Bureau Data Reports

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) released a fact sheet cross walking the differences between the two U.S. Census Bureau data reports. CPPP also issued statements (here and here) highlighting uninsured data analysis for Texas.
  • CPPP Released a Policy Paper on the Cost Estimates of Expanding Medicaid

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) released a policy one-pager providing information on the latest estimates issued by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on the costs of expanding the state’s Medicaid program.
  • CPPP Highlighted Benefits of ACA Implementation

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    The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) released a statement highlighting that due to the ruling six million uninsured residents will gain access to care. In addition, CPPP states that state leaders must act to make sure that Texan’s fully benefit from the ACA by implementing an Exchange, moving forward with the Medicaid expansion provision, and developing customer protection standards within the Texas Department of Insurance.
  • CPPP Released Annual Data Book for KIDS COUNT

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    The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) released the State of Texas Children (SOTC) annual data book as part of the KIDS COUNT Project.  According to the data book, 1.2 million Texas children have neither private nor public health insurance. Almost 40% of Texas mothers received little or no prenatal care and one in seven babies were born premature. The difference between being insured and uninsured is stark, according to an Associated Press article: 90% of insured kids are healthy, while only 58% of kids without insurance are considered healthy.
  • CPPP Published Article on Texas' Uninsured Population

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    The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) published an article noting that one in four state residents is uninsured, which is the highest uninsured rate in the nation, and with the implementation of the ACA, Texas residents will gain more than any other state in newly covered citizens and federal financial support.

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