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!

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  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Adopting Arkansas’ Private Option for Texas

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about how Arkansas’ Private Option could be used as a model for Texas’ Medicaid expansion. Arkansas’ program premiums have dropped since peaking a year ago and are now below 2015 projected caps.  Many stakeholders in Texas are calling on the State to expand Medicaid and the blog notes that a Private Option-like program could gain traction.

  • Texas KidsWell Partners Comment on State of Children’s Health Coverage Children Report

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    TX: Children’s Defense Fund – Texas and Texas Well and Healthy issued a press release commenting on the report released by the Georgetown Center on Children and Families examining the state of children’s health coverage. The release notes that although Texas’ uninsured rate declined by 4.4% between 2008 and 2013, the state still has the second highest rate of uninsured children in the nation at 12.6%. Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus, associate director of the Children’s Defense Fund–Texas and a co-lead of the Texas Well and Healthy Campaign, stated, “[u]nfortunately, hundreds of thousands of Texas children and their parents are uninsured, which not only puts these families at risk, but hurts the local economy.”

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Importance of Financial Assistance

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the importance of financial assistance in helping Texans afford health coverage. The blog notes that 84% of Texans who enrolled in the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) received financial assistance and paid, on average, $72 per month for insurance, yet 53% of uninsured Americans are unaware that financial help is available through the FFM.

  • Texas Well & Healthy Blogs About Small Gain in Texas Health Coverage

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    TX: Texas Well & Healthy blogged about uninsured data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The data shows that Texas continues to have the highest uninsured rate in the country and the largest number of uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Contradictory ACA Appeals Court Rulings on Subsidies

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the conflicting Halbig v. Burwell and King v. Burwell court rulings on financial subsidies for consumers accessing coverage through state-run Marketplaces. The post reassures readers that financial assistance under the ACA is still available, provides a brief overview of the rulings, and links to additional resources for Texans seeking coverage during open enrollment in November.

  • TWAH Promotes Year-Round Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment

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    TX:  Texas Well and Healthy published a blog highlighting year-round Medicaid and CHIP enrollment.  The blog provides promotional resources including a printable outreach poster, an animated web video, and a radio Public Service Announcement available in English and Spanish.
  • 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.   
  • TWAH Helps Volunteers Get Trained on Get Covered Training Day

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) will host a statewide “Get Covered Training Day” on February 22, 2014 in an effort to get Texans covered before the March 31st enrollment deadline.  Trainings will run simultaneously across seven cities with the goal of strengthening volunteers’ outreach skills to help educate consumers about their health insurance coverage options. 

  • 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.

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