Texas Well and Healthy

Texas Well and Healthy is a grassroots, statewide campaign led by KidsWell Partners the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), Children’s Defense Fund Texas (CDF-TX), Engage Texas, and Texans Care for Children to ensure Texans have access to affordable, quality health care coverage. Texas Well and Healthy’s work includes providing educational tools on the benefits of the ACA and protecting the state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). See below for more information about Texas Well and Healthy’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

Legislative Advocacy

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  • Texas Well and Healthy To Host Coverage Expansion Day

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    TX: On March 12, 2015, Texas Well and Healthy, as part of the Cover Texas Now! coalition, will host a Coverage Expansion Advocacy Day. The day will help to bring attention for the need to close the coverage gap in Texas to the State Capitol. Registration is available now.

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Medicaid Expansion

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the current state of Medicaid expansion proposals as the 2015 state legislative session begins. The blogs notes that the new Governor continues to publically oppose expansion but encourages Texans to continue to apply pressure to state lawmakers.

  • Texas Well & Healthy Blogs About Coalition’s Legislative Agenda

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    TX: Texas Well & Healthy blogged about the new legislative agenda for Cover Texas Now (CTN), a coalition of organizations of which it is a member. The blog highlights the agenda's focus on closing the coverage gap and ensuring Texans have access to quality information to gain, use, and maintain health insurance.

  • TWAH Advocates Medicaid Expansion to Close the Coverage Gap

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    TX: Texas Well And Healthy released a one pager promoting the benefits of Medicaid expansion in Texas.  The flyer highlights that closing the coverage gap will: save local property tax dollars; reduce insurance premiums; create new jobs; prevent employers’ tax penalties; provider coverage for low-wage workers and veterans; prevent deaths; and ensure healthier Texans.   
  • Close the Coverage Gap! TWAH Launches “Texas Left Me Out” Campaign

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) launched the Texas Left Me Out campaign in both Spanish and English to collect and share stories of Texans left without health insurance coverage due to the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid.  More than 40 national and state organizations sent a letter to Texas’ Legislature announcing the campaign.

  • Count Me In! MomsRising and TWAH Co-Host TweetChat to Launch New Medicaid Expansion Campaign

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    MomsRising & TX: MomsRising and Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) will co-host a TweetChat about Medicaid expansion in Texas on February 5, 2014.  The chat will promote the launch of the Texas Left Me Out organizing project.  Follow the chat on Twitter at @MomsRising via #WellnessWed.

  • Texas Well & Healthy Published Op-Ed on ACA Implementation and Navigators

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    TX: Texas Well & Healthy (TWAH) published an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman in advance of a Congressional hearing in Dallas focused on ACA implementation and the role of Navigators. The op-ed highlights the moral and economic incentives to maximize children’s enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP. TWAH encouraged state leaders to minimize Navigator program restrictions in order to  decrease the number of uninsured children in the state.
  • Call to Action! TWAH Release Sign-on Letter Supporting Medicaid

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy issued a call to action requesting individuals to sign on to a letter urging the state legislature to expand Medicaid to 1.5 million Texans.
  • KidsWell Texas Partners Announced a Petition Calling on Legislators to Stop Cutting Funding for Children's Health and Education Programs

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    Texas KidsWell grantees held a press conference, in partnership with the Texas Forward Coalition, to announce a petition that calls on Texas legislators to stop pitting children's health and education program budgets against each other and instead make both programs a priority for the state. In addition, Texas Well and Healthy encouraged Texans to get out and "root" for health care services as the Texas Legislative Budget Board begins to discuss how the state should invest in its health services for the future. TWAH also helped organize a rally and march at the state capital to advocate for protecting funding for Medicaid.
  • TWAH Issued Newsletters Encouraging Communities to Promote ACA

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) issued a series of newsletters encouraging individuals to spread the word about ACA benefits and contact their state representatives and agencies to inquire about Texas's plans to implement the law.
  • TWAH Circulated Petition to State Legislature on Rate Review Process

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    Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) circulated a petition, in partnership with Progress Texas, to the Texas State Legislature and Department of Insurance (TDI) regarding TDI's delay in reviewing rate increases for health insurance plans and “lack of public transparency in the process.” The rate review process established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires TDI to review any health insurance rate increase of 10% or more. According to the petition the rate increases were first brought to TDI six months ago and, until TDI issues its decisions, enrollees are paying increased rates.  TWAH notes that one of the rate increases was found to be unjustified in five states. 
  • TWAH Highlighted Medicaid Budget Cuts in Legislative Session

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    Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) published a blog post highlighting Medicaid budget cuts in the 2012 legislative session. According to the post, there are more than 3.5 million state residents receiving Medicaid benefits, and another half million kids in the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). TWAH urges individuals to stand up against “powerful interests” who argue Texas would be better off with less Medicaid enrollees. TWAH encourages Medicaid and CHIP supporters to circulate the post and sign up for the Texas Well and Healthy action alert list.

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