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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  • CPPP Publishes Annual Report on the State of Texas Children

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities published their annual report on the state of Texas’s children, highlighting information on child poverty, health and wellness, education, safety, and family economic security. The report notes that while Texas decreased the number of uninsured children, nationally it ranks 49th because of the high rate of uninsured children. The report calls on Texas to expand Medicaid and close the coverage gap to make health insurance more affordable for families.

  • CPPP To Release Texas KIDS Count Report

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    TX: On March 4, The Center for Public Policy Priories will release its annual Texas KIDS Count Report. The annual report, supported by the Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will provide an update on the status of children’s health and well-being in Texas.  Registration is available now.

  • 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 Issues Statement on Child Well-Being in Texas

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) issued a statement responding to Texas’s ranking 43rd  for child well-being relative to other states in the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book-- The statement calls for investing in prekindergarten, increasing the minimum wage, and expanding health care for the working poor. Frances Deviney, Texas KIDS COUNT director for CPPP stated, “It’s time for Texas to step up its game when it comes to prioritizing our children. With so many other states seeing improvements in child well-being, it’s clear that this is doable, we just need to commit to our kids’ future once and for all.”

  • CPPP Tours Texas to Educate Community Groups on ACA Implementation!

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) is busy traveling and speaking at local forums throughout Texas to help educate community groups about the ACA and the new health insurance marketplace that will open October 1st. The most recent forum  – ACA 101 for Texas – forum covered everything from how Premium Tax Credits are calculated to how the different In-Person Enrollment Assisters will help Texans determine the best health care plans for their families. 
  • 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 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 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. 
  • 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 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."
  • 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 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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