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 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.

  • 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 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 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.  

  • 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 Releases Analysis for 2014-2015 FY State Budget

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) published a blog post providing an analysis of Texas’ 2014 and 2015 two year budget period that begins September 1, 2013. The two year budget will provide coverage to 4.5 million low income Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries. However, CPPP notes that state spending is “not expected to keep up with the needs of Texas’ rapidly growing population and the rising costs of services,” meaning that some Texans will likely remain without coverage into 2015.
  • Webinar Alert! CPPP Talks About Senate and House State Budget Proposals for FY 2014-2015

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    TX: Eva DeLuna Castro of the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)presented during a webinar on April 16th discussing “the good, the bad, and the ugly” regarding Texas’ Senate and House budget proposals for FY 2014-2015. In addition, CPPP released fact sheets comparing how the Senate and House 2014-2015 FY budget proposals will affect Medicaid/CHIP, mental health, and family planning
  • CPPP is Making Sense out of Dollars and Cents by Arguing for a State Budget that Reflects the Texas’ Medicaid Needs

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    TX: F. Scott McCown, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), issued a statement in response to the release of the biennial revenue estimate by the Texas Comptroller for the 2014-15 State Budget.  McCrown argues that the state legislature must develop a budget that reflects the state’s needs concerning Medicaid. CPPP also released a new education tool developed from data published by the U.S. Census Bureau and other public sources that measures what families need to budget to receive 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. 
  • 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 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 Released Annual Data Book for KIDS COUNT

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    The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) released the State of Texas Children (SOTC) annual data book as part of the KIDS COUNT Project.  According to the data book, 1.2 million Texas children have neither private nor public health insurance. Almost 40% of Texas mothers received little or no prenatal care and one in seven babies were born premature. The difference between being insured and uninsured is stark, according to an Associated Press article: 90% of insured kids are healthy, while only 58% of kids without insurance are considered healthy.
  • 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."

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