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 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 & 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.

  • 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 Launched New Blog Highlighting How Texans are Benefiting from the Federal Exchange

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy released a new Tumblr blog documenting personal stories of Texans who have successfully enrolled in affordable health care through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.
  • Texas Well & Healthy Released a Video on Free Preventative Care Services for Women and Chilren

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    TX: Texas Well & Healthy released a video highlighting free preventative care services for women and children, which is now available with no out of pocket cost as a result of the ACA. 
  • KidsWell Texas Partners Hosted a Conversation on Twitter Following the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates

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    TX: Texans Care for Children, in partnership with First Focus and MomsRising, hosted a conversation on Twitter (#Kids2012) following the October presidential and vice presidential debates. Texas Care for Children also encouraged Texans to “speak up” for children on social media websites, the Texas Care for Children Blog, and in candidate forums.
  • 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.
  • Texas Well & Healthy Encouraged State Leaders to Implement ACA

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    TWH also worked with 16 local and statewide organizations, including the Children’s Defense Fund and Texas and Center for Public Policy Priorities, challenging elected leaders in Texas to start implementing the ACA to ensure that more children and families have access to coverage.
  • 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.
  • TWAH Highlighted What ACA Means to Children Requiring Mental Health Services

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    In April, Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) (1) hosted a Health Care Action Call on what the ACA means for children requiring mental health services; and (2) published a video of a young adult's personal account of her inability to obtain insurance in the current market and hopes to receive coverage under the Exchange with the help of subsidies.
  • KidsWell Texas Partners Launched Texas Well and Healthy Campaign

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    KidsWell Texas, comprised of Engage Texas, The Center for Public Policy Priorities, Children’s Defense Fund – Texas, and Texans Care for Children, launched Texas Well and Healthy, a statewide, grassroots campaign to organize thousands of parents, faith leaders, young adults, and small business owners, alongside other concerned residents, to ensure more children and adults have access to quality, affordable care. The campaign works toward effective implementation of the Affordable Care Act and protection of health care programs, like CHIP and Medicaid. “Texas Well and Healthy will help bring together the Texans who believe that you should be able to see a doctor when you need to in our state,” said Anne Dunkelberg, associate director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. “State leaders can stand up and be forward-thinking about what we want for the health and future of this state. And every-day Texans can stand up and join this campaign to demand some change for Texas.”

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