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 & 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.

  • 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 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 Blogged About Post-Open Enrollment Health Coverage

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about opportunities to enroll in health coverage after the March 31st open enrollment deadline.  The blog highlights ways to qualify for health coverage, including: completion of “in line” enrollment by April 15th; special enrollment periods; and Medicaid/CHIP eligibility. 

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 Held Health Care Action Call Focused on Medicaid

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    Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) held its monthly Health Care Action Call on May 24th focused on Texas's Medicaid program. Cheasty Anderson, a Community Educator at the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) and leader of the Texas Well and Healthy Campaign, discussed the Medicaid program's benefits, what is at stake, and what can be done to preserve the Medicaid program.
  • 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.
  • 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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