Texans Care for Children

Texans Care for Children brings Texans together for the purpose of bettering children's lives. Nonpartisan, nonprofit, and home-grown in Texas, Texans Care for Children acts as a voice for children, a source on children, and a network for people who put kids first. For over 25 years, the agency has led policy advances to ensure more Texas kids are healthy, secure, and thriving. Through policy analysis, statewide coalitions, grassroots campaigns and research, Texans Care improves conditions for children in the areas of health, mental health and development, poverty, child protection, and juvenile justice. See below for more information about Texans Care for Children’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • Texans Care for Children Release 2015 Legislative Agenda

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    TX: Texans Care for Children released their 2015 legislative agenda outlining priorities in child protection, early education, early opportunities, health and fitness, juvenile justice, and mental well-being. Health-related priorities include: strengthening and expanding Medicaid; restricting advertising and consumption of unhealthy food and beverages; and enhancing prevention and early intervention efforts linked to social, emotional, and behavioral challenges child and youth face.

  • Texans Care for Children Publishes Op-Ed in the Austin American-Statesman

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    TX: Alice Bufkin, early opportunities policy associate for Texans Care for Children, published an Op-Ed in the Austin American-Statesman calling on the Texas legislature to extend funding for the Early Childhood Interventions (ECI) program. The ECI program provides support services to families with young children with disabilities and developmental delays. The Op-Ed explains that without proper funding for the program, more children will be denied access to services.

  • KidsWell Partners Urge Texas Lawmakers to Promote ACA Coverage Options

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    NCLR, YI, TX: KidsWell grantees National Council of La Raza,  Young Invincibles, Texans Care for Children, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, and the Center for Public Policy Priorities wrote a letter to Texas State Representatives and Senators promoting health coverage options available to their constituents under the ACA. The letter, co- signed by 19 national and local advocacy organizations, provides key talking points that legislators may share with constituents as 2015 open enrollment approaches.

  • Mind the Gap! KidsWell TX Laments Coverage Gap for Texans with Mental Illness

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    TX: Texans Care for Children blogged about the 652,000 Texans with mental illness who fall in a coverage gap as a result of the State’s failure to expand Medicaid.  Texas Well And Healthy cross-posted the blog

  • Texas Legislators Undertake Consideration of Key Children’s Issues

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    TX: Texans Care for Children’s commentary was published in the Austin American-Statesman about important children’s issues that legislators are considering as “interim charges” in advance of the next state legislative session in January 2015.  The article identifies priority children’s issues for the Legislature, including: foster care reform; maternal health; and early childhood education. 

  • Texans Care for Children Publish 2013 Legislative Report

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    TX: Texas Care for Children published its 2013 Texas Legislative report providing a recap of how the legislative session affected children. In addition to 220 bills introduced focusing on children’s issues, the report highlighted that the Texas legislature, with the encouragement of advocates, advanced 38 positive legal changes, supported 41 new laws, raised awareness about 22 new ideas, and blocked 17 harmful proposals for children.  Specific health bills addressed in the 2013 legislative session included preventive services for low-income women and infants, family planning services, and immunizations. The report also highlighted multiple Medicaid Expansion bills that failed to pass before the end of the 2013 legislative session. 
  • Texans Care for Children Announced Children's Mental Health Session

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    TX: As a follow up to the conclusion of Texas’ 83rd Regular Legislative Session, Texas Care for Children will hold a Children’s Mental Health session on June 18th to discuss: legislative decisions made during the 2013 session that impact children’s mental health; the Department of State Health Services mental health and substance abuse budget; and policy decisions related to the ACA.
  • Webinar Alert! Texas Advocates Hold Webinar on 83rd Texas Legislative Session

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    TX: Texas Care for Children held a webinar on March 22nd discussing bills focusing on children that have been introduced during the 83rd Texas Legislative session.
  • Texans Care for Children Announced Children's Policy Conference

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    TX: Texans Care for Children announced a one day Children’s Policy Conference which will be held February 6, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The agenda will focus on ideas for building opportunities for all Texas children; review Texas’s politics with policy strategists Harold Cook & Ted Delisi; and identify opportunities for outreach to state leaders and communities. 
  • Texans Care for Children Announced a Children's Policy Conference to Determine Opportunities for Outreach to State Leaders and Communities

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    TX: Texans Care for Children announced a one day Children’s Policy Conference which will be held February 6, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The agenda will focus on ideas for building opportunities for all Texas children; review Texas’s politics with policy strategists Harold Cook & Ted Delisi; and identify opportunities for outreach to state leaders and communities.

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