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 Blogs About Lack of Penalty for Texans in Coverage Gap

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities blogged about the individual mandate’s hardship exemption for Texans who do not have insurance because they are in the coverage gap. The blog highlights a new, streamlined application Texans may use to qualify for an exemption when filing 2014 tax returns – applicants must report their income was below 138% FPL, they did not qualify for Medicaid coverage, and lived in a state that did not expand Medicaid. Currently, around one million Texans are in the coverage gap and may qualify for this exemption.

  • CPPP Blogs About Open Enrollment

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities blogged about important Marketplace dates and deadlines for the 2015 Open Enrollment Period.

  • KidsWell Partners Featured in USA Today

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    CCF, CA, FL, TX: Four KidsWell partners were featured in a USA Today article exploring states that expanded Medicaid coverage for children but did not expand coverage for adults. Quoted in the article are Joan Alker, executive director for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, Kelly Hardy, senior director of health policy for Children Now, Greg Mellowe, policy director for Florida CHAIN, and Anne Dunkelberg, associate director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

  • 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 Op-Ed Tackles Poverty and Medicaid Expansion

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    TX: Ann Beeson, executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), published an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle about Texas’ poverty rate, one of the highest in the country, its existing safety net system, and the need to expand Medicaid.  

  • 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.  
  • 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


  • 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. 
  • How Does the ACA Affect Mental Health in Texas? Read CPPP's Report!

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities released a report examining how the ACA affects individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. The report reviews federal and state laws implemented prior to the passage of the ACA and highlights the benefits these individuals are now receiving through the ACA, such as provisions prohibiting insurers from denying coverage or raising premium costs for pre-existing conditions. 

  • CPPP Highlighted Benefits of ACA Implementation

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    The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) released a statement highlighting that due to the ruling six million uninsured residents will gain access to care. In addition, CPPP states that state leaders must act to make sure that Texan’s fully benefit from the ACA by implementing an Exchange, moving forward with the Medicaid expansion provision, and developing customer protection standards within the Texas Department of Insurance.
  • 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 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 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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