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 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 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 
  • 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 Released Resources to Help Voters Advocate for Children's Health

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    Texans Care for Children released a new resource and voter guide presenting how constituents and child advocates can highlight children’s issues during the 2012 elections. The guide offers (1) questions about children’s issues to ask in candidate forums; (2) background on federal programs for kids, including why services exist and how they shape the future; (3) strategies for bringing attention to children’s issues in local state and community races; and (4) ideas on how to make individual voices heard in an election year.
  • 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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