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!

Medicaid Expansion

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  • CPPP Releases County-Specific Coverage Expansion Fact Sheets

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities, with the support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, published fact sheets on the impact that coverage expansion would have on each county in Texas. The fact sheets discuss how many local jobs would be created and money saved if Texas chose to expand Medicaid. The fact sheets also illustrate the coverage gap’s statewide impact, including that Texas taxpayers currently spend $4.4 billion to care for the state’s uninsured.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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 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.  

  • 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.” 

     

  • CPPP Reviews Medicaid Expansion in Arizona, Maine and Arkansas

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities published a blog post on their Better Texas Blog reviewing what alternative Medicaid Expansion plans Arizona, Maine and Arkansas are considering. In addition, CPPP released a video on how a local Texas family’s new born son benefited from Medicaid.
  • CPPP Issues a Statement in Response to Texas Officials' Questions on Expanding Medicaid

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    TX: Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, issued a statement in response to questions raised by Texas Officials as to the state’s options in expanding its Medicaid program. Dunkelberg stated, “All Texans should call on our state leadership to embrace this historic opportunity to expand Medicaid to dramatically increase the number of Texans with health insurance.  Doing so will save local tax dollars, be a boon to our economy, and, most important, be a huge step toward providing all Texans with access to health care."  
  • Texas Advocates Held Research Briefing on ACA Coverage in Texas Counties and Released a Summary on a Legislative Medicaid Expansion Discussion

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities held a research briefing on March 8th sponsored by the Methodist Healthcare Ministries, on two academic models developed to determine how insurance coverage options under the ACA and Medicaid expansion would affect Texas counties. In addition, Texas Well and Healthy published a summary on the Texas Appropriations Committee Medicaid Expansion Discussion.

     

  • 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.
  • 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 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. 
  • Texas Well and Healthy Published Educational Resources on the ACA and Reports from Texas Advocates on How Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit Texans

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy published educational resources on the ACA including: a series of top 10 factsheets; health care video “one-pagers” on lessons learned and what the ACA means for state residents; and reports from various Texas advocates, including the Center for Public Policy Priorities, on how expanding the state’s Medicaid program would benefit Texans.
  • 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 Released a Policy Paper on the Cost Estimates of Expanding Medicaid

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) released a policy one-pager providing information on the latest estimates issued by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on the costs of expanding the state’s Medicaid program.

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