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 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.

  • 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 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


  • 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 Released Policy Brief Comparing Costs of Coverage Between Texas Health Insurance Pool and Health Insurance Exchange

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities published a policy brief providing a comparison of cost differences between the Texas Health Insurance Pool (THIP) and the ACA’s Health Insurance Exchange for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The brief argues that the Exchange will provide many current THIP beneficiaries with more affordable coverage options and outlines the steps needed to transition beneficiaries from THIP to the Exchange in 2014.
  • 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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