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!

ACA Implementation

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Texans Care for Children Releases Children’s Policy Conference Resources

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    TX: Texans Care for Children released resources from the Children’s Policy Conference held on February 26, 2014.  KidsWell grantees—Tricia Brooks, senior fellow for the Georgetown Center for Children & Families (CCF), and Stacey Pogue, senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)—presented during the session “What's Next for Families and the Affordable Care Act: A Texas health care reform update.”

  • 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 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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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