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!

Medicaid Expansion

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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 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 and Healthy Blogs About Calls to Close Coverage Gap

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the recent uptick in editorials calling for Medicaid expansion to cover to the one million Texans who find themselves in the coverage gap. The blog notes that five major editorial boards across the state have called on State leaders to take action post the midterm election. 

  • 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.
  • Who Supports Medicaid Expansion in Texas? TWAH Released List of Supporting Organizations in the State

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    TX: Progress Texas, in collaboration with Texas Well & Healthy, released a list of over 70 state, commerce, editorial boards, and advocacy organizations that support expanding Medicaid in Texas. In addition, TWAH published various blog posts on Medicaid Expansion including: stories of women who would benefit from the expansion due to job-loss and children’s mental health needs; how over 66,000 uninsured Texas veterans and their spouses would gain coverage under the expansion; an interactive Google Map of Medicaid Expansion supporters throughout Texas; and highlights of various advocacy efforts lobbying the Texas Legislature to support Medicaid Expansion.

     

  • 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 Brings Resources and Training to the Capitol

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    Texas Well and Healthy held two training sessions on Medicaid Expansion and the ACA at the capitol prior to the Texas CHIP Coalition Legislative Briefing. The Coalition’s 2013 legislative briefing agenda and Cover Texas Now Coalition’s principles were also published.

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