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 Held Briefing on 2012 Texas KID COUNT Data Book

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    Center for Public Policy and Priorities (CPPP) will hold a briefing on April 5th to release the 2012 Texas KID COUNT Annual Data Book, “Choices: The Texas We Create."
  • CPPP Director Issued Statement on Proposed Budget Cuts

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    F. Scott McCown, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) released a statement in response to the Texans for a Conservative Budget Coalition’s “Real Texas Budget Solutions: 2013 and Beyond”, which proposes to increase budget cuts in a number of state programs, including health coverage. McCown focuses on Texas's large population of children and young adults, acknowledging the benefit Texas stands to gain if the population is properly invested in and cared for rather than cutting funding and services.
  • CPPP Presented Testimony at Joint Hearing on ACA

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    Center for Public Policy and Priorities (CPPP) presented testimony to an interim joint hearing of the Texas House Public Health and House Insurance Committee on the ACA. Anne Dunkelberg, CPPP Associate Director, provided an overview on the state’s health care spending, ACA implementation and how the ACA is benefiting Texans. In addition, CPPP Senior Policy Analyst Stacey Pogue testified about the steps the state needs to take to define the Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) package.
  • CPPP Advocated in Support of Draft Rule on Child-Only Coverage

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    In response to an informal working draft rule posted by the Texas Department of Insurance regarding child-only coverage, the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) drafted comments in support of the rule and provided recommendations as to how it may be strengthened.  Recommendations include but are not limited to the following: (1) the rule should prevent insurers from age discrimination within the child-only market;  (2) the terms “voluntary non-renewal” and “non-payment of premium” should be removed as reasons for the loss of previous coverage that would prevent a child from having a qualifying event; and (3) the Department should prevent insurers from making families either attest to or jump through hoops to prove that their children are not eligible for or enrolled in other coverage.
  • CPPP Published Report on Legislative Health Budget Developments

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    The Center for Public Policy Priorities published a report on health budget developments in the 2011 Legislative sessions. In addition, the report also includes a section on where Texas stands with health care reform implementation. According to the report due to the state having 24.6% of uninsured residents of all ages in 2010, Texas is focusing on improving access to commercial and public insurance. The report includes a list of ACA related activities already in effect, which include (1) a pre-existing condition insurance plan; (2)The Consumer Health Assistance Program (CHAP) funded by the ACA which has fielded nearly 5,000 calls from state residents inquiring about available health care options, (3) raising the dependent coverage age to 26, and more.  
  • CPPP Commented on Employer Based Health Coverage Report

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    The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) issued a news release commenting on a report released by the Economic Policy Institute focusing on state employer-provided health coverage. The report demonstrates that Texas is third among the “worst-ranking states” with only 51.1 percent of the non-elderly population covered by an employer. In addition, the report indicates that employer based coverage for children (age 0-17) declined 11.3 percent from 56.4 percent in 2000-2001 to 45.1 percent from 2009-10. In response to these findings, the CPPP noted the importance of health reform to Texas's employers and employees, as well as how the ACA is already helping Texas employers provide health insurance through: (1) rebates from insurers if the 2011 medical loss ratio was not met; (2) federal grant money to lower early retiree health premiums; and (3) small employer federal tax credits.
  • KidsWell Texas Partners Launched Texas Well and Healthy Campaign

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    KidsWell Texas, comprised of Engage Texas, The Center for Public Policy Priorities, Children’s Defense Fund – Texas, and Texans Care for Children, launched Texas Well and Healthy, a statewide, grassroots campaign to organize thousands of parents, faith leaders, young adults, and small business owners, alongside other concerned residents, to ensure more children and adults have access to quality, affordable care. The campaign works toward effective implementation of the Affordable Care Act and protection of health care programs, like CHIP and Medicaid. “Texas Well and Healthy will help bring together the Texans who believe that you should be able to see a doctor when you need to in our state,” said Anne Dunkelberg, associate director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. “State leaders can stand up and be forward-thinking about what we want for the health and future of this state. And every-day Texans can stand up and join this campaign to demand some change for Texas.”
  • CPPP Issued Press Release Applauding HHS' Rejection of Medical Loss Ratio Waiver Request

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    The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) issued a press release applauding HHS’ decision to reject Texas’ MLR waiver request. The State was seeking approval to lower the 80 percent medical loss ratio standard in the individual market to 71 percent, 74 percent, and 77 percent in 2011, 2012, and 2013, respectively. “Texas consumers overcharged in 2011 can look forward to receiving rebates this summer,” said Stacey Pogue, senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities. “Today’s decision means Texas families will get to keep more of their hard-earned money.” In addition, CPPP submitted a letter in December opposing the request on the grounds it was unjustified.
  • CPPP Published Documents on Essential Health Benefits

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    The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) authored two documents related to Essential Health Benefits. One document provides an overview of EHB and children’s issues while the other gives a comparison of CHIP benefits and their possible limitations as EHB benchmarks.

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