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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  • NAM and Texans Care for Children to Host Media Roundtable on Children’s Mental Health Care

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    NAM & TX: On March 12th, New American Media and Texans Care for Children will host a media roundtable about children’s mental health care in Houston. Representatives from the Mental Health Authority of Harris County and Texans Care for Children are scheduled to speak. Registration is available now.

  • Texans Care for Children Pen Op-Ed About Enrollment Assistance

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    TX: Texans Care for Children wrote an Op-Ed in the Austin American-Statesmen about the importance of enrollment resources and assistance in helping Texans sign up for health coverage. The Op-Ed highlights success stories such as Insure Central Texas, a free enrollment resource provided by Foundation Communities, which has helped over 9,000 individuals enroll in coverage since 2013. The Op-Ed also provides resources for consumers looking for assistance before the February 15th Open Enrollment deadline.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Texans Care for Children Hosts Children's Policy Conference

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    TX: Texans Care for Children will host the 2014 Children’s Policy Conference & Founder’s Award Luncheon on February 26th.  The event will convene Texas advocates and business and community leaders to discuss the health challenges facing children in the state. Regular registration ends January 15th and the conference agenda is available now.

  • Texans Care for Children 2014 Children's Policy Conference & Founder’s Award Luncheon Announced

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    TX: Texans Care for Children will hold the 2014 Children’s Policy Conference & Founder’s Award Luncheon on February 26th. The event will convene Texas advocates and business and community leaders to discuss the health challenges that children face in the state. Registration and the conference agenda are available now. 

  • Texas Care for Children Published Blog About FFE QHPs

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    TX: Texas Care for Children published a blog post following the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services release of Qualified Health Plan (QHP) data for states using the Federally Facilitated Marketplace. The advocates note that the QHP premium rates available to Texans are lower than expected and urge individuals to spread the word about the benefits of the Marketplace by posting messages on social media sites, volunteer with Get Covered America, and join Texas Well and Healthy’s Health Action Calls. 
  • 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.
  • Get Out Your Advocacy Toolbelt - Texans Care for Children Published More Tips and Tools on its State of the Children Blog

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    TX: Texans Care for Children continued to publish advocacy tips and tools on its State of the Children Blog focusing on what parent activists, health care supporters, and individuals can do to continue improving children’s lives.

  • 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.
  • Texans Care for Children Highlighted a Woman's Efforts to Save Early Childhood Intervention Services from State Budget Cuts

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    TX: Texas Care For Children’s newsletter highlights a story of a woman with 2-year-old twins who took action to save early childhood intervention services from state budget cuts. 
  • 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.
  • Texans for Children Released a New Website About Texas Children's Needs

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    TX: Texans Care for Children released a new and user-friendly website that will make it easier for users to learn about Texas children’s needs and how to get involved.
  • Texans Care for Children Requested Feedback

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    Texans Care for Children released their 2012 survey in an effort to collect feedback and input so that they may better serve state residents and Texas children.  The survey will be open until June 30th.
  • KidsWell Texas Partners Featured in Article for Hosting Free Seminar on ACA

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    The Waco Tribune-Herald published an article highlighting a free seminar organized by the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH), the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) – Texas, Texans Care for Children and Engage Texas designed to provide an overview of changes due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The article noted that although the Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA is scheduled to be released in the Summer, the organizations holding the event believe that it is still “worth the effort to educate people about the law in its current version.”  The same group has hosted similar seminars throughout Texas.
  • 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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