Texas Well and Healthy

Texas Well and Healthy is a grassroots, statewide campaign led by KidsWell Partners the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), Children’s Defense Fund Texas (CDF-TX), Engage Texas, and Texans Care for Children to ensure Texans have access to affordable, quality health care coverage. Texas Well and Healthy’s work includes providing educational tools on the benefits of the ACA and protecting the state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). See below for more information about Texas Well and Healthy’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • KidsWell Texas Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWH) held a live tweet chat with Texas health coverage experts and MomsRising to help answer questions about the opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace. In addition, TWH published a blog post highlighting the open enrollment period and issued a newsletter which included talking points to urge individuals to spread the word about the benefits of the Marketplace.

     

    The Center for Public Policy Priorities’ (CPPP) Associate Director, Anne Dunkelberg issued a statement highlighting the roll-out of health care reform.  In addition, CPPP’s website now provides links to a number of resources Texans can use to help answer questions they may have regarding health insurance, including the Kaiser Family Foundations Subsidy Calculator that gives personalized estimates of the premium rates and subsidies Texans can expect to see.

     

    Children’s Defense Fund – Texas featured information as to how individuals can apply for coverage through the Federally-facilitated Exchange on its home page

     

  • Thanks HHS! TWAH Celebrates Federal Grants Awarded to Navigators

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) issued a statement in celebration of the federal grants awarded to eight Texas navigator organizations. The navigators were chosen to provide in-person assistance to Texans learning about the new health care options and enrolling in health plans through the new health care marketplace that will open on October 1st. 
  • Tell Us What You Think! TWAH Released Survey to Enhance Health Care Advocacy Efforts

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) released a survey to collect feedback and enhance their advocacy and educational efforts around health care reform. The ten question survey focuses on: identifying hot topics among Texas residents; methods, quality, and forms of TWAH communication; and ACA trainings.  

     

     

  • TWAH Will Hold Health Care Action Call on Navigators and Federal Funding Opportunity

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) will hold a Health Care Action Call on April 25th - Navigators in Texas: What to Know Now – to discuss the federal funding opportunity for entities interested in becoming Navigators for Partnership Exchanges and the Federally-facilitated Exchange. To receive more information about TWAH’s Health Care Action Calls contact mimi@texaswellandhealthy.org
  • Who Supports Medicaid Expansion in Texas? TWAH Released List of Supporting Organizations in the State

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    TX: Progress Texas, in collaboration with Texas Well & Healthy, released a list of over 70 state, commerce, editorial boards, and advocacy organizations that support expanding Medicaid in Texas. In addition, TWAH published various blog posts on Medicaid Expansion including: stories of women who would benefit from the expansion due to job-loss and children’s mental health needs; how over 66,000 uninsured Texas veterans and their spouses would gain coverage under the expansion; an interactive Google Map of Medicaid Expansion supporters throughout Texas; and highlights of various advocacy efforts lobbying the Texas Legislature to support Medicaid Expansion.

     

  • Call to Action! TWAH Release Sign-on Letter Supporting Medicaid

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy issued a call to action requesting individuals to sign on to a letter urging the state legislature to expand Medicaid to 1.5 million Texans.
  • ACA Anniversary Celebration! KidsWell Advocates Blogged to Celebrate the ACA's 3rd Anniversary!

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    MomsRising, CA, MD, NY, TX: MomsRising, Children’s Defense Fund –CA, Children’s Defense Fund – NY, Health Care For All New YorkAdvocates for Children and Youth , and Texas Well and Health, published blog posts in celebration of the Affordable Care Act’s third anniversary. The advocates note that the ACA has and will continue to help Americans access affordable, quality health care.
  • KidsWell Texas Brings Resources and Training to the Capitol

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    Texas Well and Healthy held two training sessions on Medicaid Expansion and the ACA at the capitol prior to the Texas CHIP Coalition Legislative Briefing. The Coalition’s 2013 legislative briefing agenda and Cover Texas Now Coalition’s principles were also published.
  • Texas Well & Healthy Released a Video on Free Preventative Care Services for Women and Chilren

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    TX: Texas Well & Healthy released a video highlighting free preventative care services for women and children, which is now available with no out of pocket cost as a result of the ACA. 
  • KidsWell Texas Partners Hosted a Conversation on Twitter Following the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates

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    TX: Texans Care for Children, in partnership with First Focus and MomsRising, hosted a conversation on Twitter (#Kids2012) following the October presidential and vice presidential debates. Texas Care for Children also encouraged Texans to “speak up” for children on social media websites, the Texas Care for Children Blog, and in candidate forums.
  • KidsWell Texas Partners Announced a Petition Calling on Legislators to Stop Cutting Funding for Children's Health and Education Programs

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    Texas KidsWell grantees held a press conference, in partnership with the Texas Forward Coalition, to announce a petition that calls on Texas legislators to stop pitting children's health and education program budgets against each other and instead make both programs a priority for the state. In addition, Texas Well and Healthy encouraged Texans to get out and "root" for health care services as the Texas Legislative Budget Board begins to discuss how the state should invest in its health services for the future. TWAH also helped organize a rally and march at the state capital to advocate for protecting funding for Medicaid.
  • TWAH Issued Newsletters Encouraging Communities to Promote ACA

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) issued a series of newsletters encouraging individuals to spread the word about ACA benefits and contact their state representatives and agencies to inquire about Texas's plans to implement the law.
  • TWH Hosted Educational Webinars on SCOTUS Ruling

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    Texas Well and Healthy (TWH) hosted a series of webinars from July 3rd to July 9th with Community Educator Cheasty Anderson to educate individuals on the Supreme Court decision and how it will impact the law.
  • Texas Well & Healthy Encouraged State Leaders to Implement ACA

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    TWH also worked with 16 local and statewide organizations, including the Children’s Defense Fund and Texas and Center for Public Policy Priorities, challenging elected leaders in Texas to start implementing the ACA to ensure that more children and families have access to coverage.
  • Texas Well & Healthy Released Social Networking Campaigns Promoting the ACA

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    Prior to the decision, Texas Well and Healthy (TWH) released a list of five ways state residents can help spread the word about health care reform in anticipation of the Supreme Court's ruling on the ACA.  Recommended actions included: (1) joining TWH’s mobile text-messaging alert system which will send critical updates to member’s cell phones; (2) signing up to be a social media ambassador by posting to Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social media sites as soon as the ruling is released; (3) signing up to share experiences through videos and letters-to-the-editors; (4) participating in a rally held in front of the State Capitol the day of the announcement; and (5) encouraging friends and family to become partners in the movement through email, Facebook and Twitter.
  • TWAH Held Health Care Action Call Focused on Medicaid

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    Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) held its monthly Health Care Action Call on May 24th focused on Texas's Medicaid program. Cheasty Anderson, a Community Educator at the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) and leader of the Texas Well and Healthy Campaign, discussed the Medicaid program's benefits, what is at stake, and what can be done to preserve the Medicaid program.
  • TWAH Circulated Petition to State Legislature on Rate Review Process

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    Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) circulated a petition, in partnership with Progress Texas, to the Texas State Legislature and Department of Insurance (TDI) regarding TDI's delay in reviewing rate increases for health insurance plans and “lack of public transparency in the process.” The rate review process established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires TDI to review any health insurance rate increase of 10% or more. According to the petition the rate increases were first brought to TDI six months ago and, until TDI issues its decisions, enrollees are paying increased rates.  TWAH notes that one of the rate increases was found to be unjustified in five states. 
  • KidsWell Texas Partners Featured in Article for Hosting Free Seminar on ACA

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    The Waco Tribune-Herald published an article highlighting a free seminar organized by the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH), the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) – Texas, Texans Care for Children and Engage Texas designed to provide an overview of changes due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The article noted that although the Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA is scheduled to be released in the Summer, the organizations holding the event believe that it is still “worth the effort to educate people about the law in its current version.”  The same group has hosted similar seminars throughout Texas.
  • TWAH Blog Answers Questions about Health Care

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    Texas Well and Healthy released a blog called The Texas Treatment which is formatted similarly to a “Dear Abby” column. Cheasty Anderson, TWAH’s health care community educator, will use the forum to answer questions submitted on various health care issues once a week. Some of the questions answered in past weeks include: (1) But I like my health insurance plan...will health reform make me change?; (2) Am I dreaming? Or did my insurance premiums just drop?; and (3) What’s up with Medicaid waivers? Why should I care, and how to keep up?
  • TWAH Grows Child Advocacy Base in Texas

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    Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) is steadily building an activist base for children's health in Texas. Between January and April 2012: (1) TWAH membership and email list subscribers increased by 484 to a total of 4,743; (2) Facebook page "likes" increased by 32 to a total of 2,512; (3) 494 individuals attended workshops; and (4) a 97 individuals participated in TWAH’s train-the-trainer workshops, five of whom are developing programs to educate their own constituents on health related activities.

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