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 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 Launches First e-Newsletter!

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) published their first e-newsletter in October. The newsletter highlighted CPPP’s efforts to publish information and resources about the Marketplaces and CPPP Executive Director Anne Dunkelberg’s experience volunteering as an in-person Certified Application Counselor.
  • 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


  • Data Release! CPPP Will Hold a Media Call to Discuss Data Released by Census Bureau

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) held a media call on September 16th to discuss the data released by  U.S. Census Bureau’s  Community Population Survey (CPS) and the American Community Survey (ACS) on September 17th and 19th. According to the advocates’ data analysis, Texas has increased the number of children enrolled in health insurance programs, but continues to have the highest number of uninsured children and children who are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Texans Care for Children highlights in their State of the Children blog that Texas children will have more opportunities to access coverage through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace and other health insurance reforms regulating private insurers.   
  • 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. 
  • 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.” 


  • 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 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. 
  • 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 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.
  • 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.”

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