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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  • KidsWell Partners Comment on Texas Medicaid Proposal

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    MomsRising, YI, TX: KidsWell partners, MomsRising, Young Invincibles, Texans Care for Children, and the Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, joined ten other organizations in responding to Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s Medicaid proposal. The proposal seeks permission to further restrict Texas’s Medicaid program. The joint press release calls on state leaders to reject the proposal and instead expand Medicaid and accept funding from the federal government.

  • Texans Care for Children Policy Brief Discusses Care for Children with Mental Health Issues

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    TX: Texans Care for Children published a policy brief on the unique needs of children with mental illness. The brief explains that children with serious mental disorders are more than twice as likely to end up living in correctional facilities, halfway houses, or drug treatment centers, or to be homeless. The brief recommends keeping children in their communities and appropriately addressing their mental health needs to prevent potential negative consequences.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Texans Care for Children Promotes Coverage to Increase Financial Security

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    TX: Texans Care for Children’s commentary was published in the Austin American-Statesman to promote enrollment in Marketplace coverage.  The article highlights the financial assistance available to help consumers afford coverage; the elimination of pre-existing conditions as a basis for denying coverage; and the opportunity to enroll before the March 31st deadline.

  • 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 Publishes Article about Young Adults in Coverage Gap

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    TX: Texans Care for Children published an article in the Austin American-Statesman raising awareness about young Texans, especially at-risk youth, without health insurance.  The article highlights the consequences of the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid and advocates for increased outreach to young adults. 

  • Undeterred and Newly Insured: KidsWell TX Grantees Highlight Texans Pursuit for Health Insurance Coverage

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    TX: Clayton Travis, the Hogg Foundation Mental Health Policy Fellow for Texans Care for Children, wrote a blog post highlighting one Texan’s quest to enroll in health insurance coverage and providing uninsured Texans with enrollment guidance. 

  • 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. 

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