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!

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  • Texas KidsWell Partners To Host CHIP Legeslative Briefing

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    TX: Texas KidsWell Partners, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, and Texans Care for Children, are joining 25 other members of the Texas CHIP Coalition to host a legislative briefing on January 23, 2015. The briefing is for legislative staff and will provide an overview of Medicaid/CHIP as well as specific programs and outcomes. Registration is available now.
  • CPPP Releases Interactive Tool and Report on Medicaid Expansion’s Benefits

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    TX:  The Center for Public Policy Priorities released an interactive tool and report on Medicaid expansion in Texas.  The interactive tool displays the number of uninsured Texans who would gain coverage under expansion as well as its economic benefits by county.  The report highlights the State’s decisions and provides a roadmap for the 2015 legislature to better address health coverage.
  • CPPP Submits Comments on Navigator Proposed Rule

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) submitted comments on the Texas Department of Insurance’s proposed rule on navigators.  CPPP’s concerns with the proposed rule include: the Department’s statutory authority to publish a rule; the fiscal impact on local governments; the reduction of navigator services resulting from excessive start-up and operating fees; and the March 1st implementation timeframe.  
  • CPPP Responds to Proposed Rule on Texas Navigators

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    CPPP:  The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) published an issue brief analyzing the Texas Department of Insurance’s proposed rule on Navigators.  CPPP argues the rule would: prevent Navigators from assisting consumers compare benefits; suspend Navigator services on March 1, 2014; increase compliance fees for Navigators and Navigator organizations; and impose excessive training hours.  
  • CPPP Releases Analysis for 2014-2015 FY State Budget

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) published a blog post providing an analysis of Texas’ 2014 and 2015 two year budget period that begins September 1, 2013. The two year budget will provide coverage to 4.5 million low income Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries. However, CPPP notes that state spending is “not expected to keep up with the needs of Texas’ rapidly growing population and the rising costs of services,” meaning that some Texans will likely remain without coverage into 2015.
  • NAM Published Article on Texas Advocates' Struggles on Urging the Legislature to Expand Medicaid

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    NAM: New America Media published an article discussing challenges facing Texas health care advocates as they work to expand Medicaid, the most significant of which are the Governor and legislature’s opposition. The article notes that because the Texas legislature meets on a bi-yearly schedule (every other year), the discussion on Medicaid expansion will not begin again until 2015. Bruce Lesley of First Focus and Anne Dunkelberg and Eva DeLuna Castro of the Center for Public Policy and Priorities were quoted in the article highlighting the need to continue to work to educate individuals on the benefits of expansion to build support. Ms. Dunkelburg was quoted saying, “I think it’s going to take continued pressure from the vast majority of Texans who favor Medicaid expansion – a higher level of engagement.” 


  • Webinar Alert! CPPP Talks About Senate and House State Budget Proposals for FY 2014-2015

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    TX: Eva DeLuna Castro of the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)presented during a webinar on April 16th discussing “the good, the bad, and the ugly” regarding Texas’ Senate and House budget proposals for FY 2014-2015. In addition, CPPP released fact sheets comparing how the Senate and House 2014-2015 FY budget proposals will affect Medicaid/CHIP, mental health, and family planning
  • 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. 

  • 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 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 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.  

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