Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)

The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy institute committed to improving public policies to better the economic and social conditions of low- and moderate-income Texans. The Center pursues this mission through independent research, policy analysis and development, public education, advocacy, coalition-building and technical assistance. See below for more information about CPPP’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • CPPP Releases County-Specific Coverage Expansion Fact Sheets

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities, with the support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, published fact sheets on the impact that coverage expansion would have on each county in Texas. The fact sheets discuss how many local jobs would be created and money saved if Texas chose to expand Medicaid. The fact sheets also illustrate the coverage gap’s statewide impact, including that Texas taxpayers currently spend $4.4 billion to care for the state’s uninsured.

  • CPPP Publishes Annual Report on the State of Texas Children

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities published their annual report on the state of Texas’s children, highlighting information on child poverty, health and wellness, education, safety, and family economic security. The report notes that while Texas decreased the number of uninsured children, nationally it ranks 49th because of the high rate of uninsured children. The report calls on Texas to expand Medicaid and close the coverage gap to make health insurance more affordable for families.

  • CPPP To Release Texas KIDS Count Report

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    TX: On March 4, The Center for Public Policy Priories will release its annual Texas KIDS Count Report. The annual report, supported by the Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will provide an update on the status of children’s health and well-being in Texas.  Registration is available now.

  • Texas KidsWell Partners To Host CHIP Legeslative Briefing

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    TX: Texas KidsWell Partners, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, and Texans Care for Children, are joining 25 other members of the Texas CHIP Coalition to host a legislative briefing on January 23, 2015. The briefing is for legislative staff and will provide an overview of Medicaid/CHIP as well as specific programs and outcomes. Registration is available now.
  • CPPP Blogs About Lack of Penalty for Texans in Coverage Gap

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities blogged about the individual mandate’s hardship exemption for Texans who do not have insurance because they are in the coverage gap. The blog highlights a new, streamlined application Texans may use to qualify for an exemption when filing 2014 tax returns – applicants must report their income was below 138% FPL, they did not qualify for Medicaid coverage, and lived in a state that did not expand Medicaid. Currently, around one million Texans are in the coverage gap and may qualify for this exemption.

  • CPPP Blogs About Open Enrollment

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities blogged about important Marketplace dates and deadlines for the 2015 Open Enrollment Period.

  • KidsWell Partners Featured in USA Today

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    CCF, CA, FL, TX: Four KidsWell partners were featured in a USA Today article exploring states that expanded Medicaid coverage for children but did not expand coverage for adults. Quoted in the article are Joan Alker, executive director for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, Kelly Hardy, senior director of health policy for Children Now, Greg Mellowe, policy director for Florida CHAIN, and Anne Dunkelberg, associate director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

  • CPPP Issues Statement on Child Well-Being in Texas

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) issued a statement responding to Texas’s ranking 43rd  for child well-being relative to other states in the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book-- The statement calls for investing in prekindergarten, increasing the minimum wage, and expanding health care for the working poor. Frances Deviney, Texas KIDS COUNT director for CPPP stated, “It’s time for Texas to step up its game when it comes to prioritizing our children. With so many other states seeing improvements in child well-being, it’s clear that this is doable, we just need to commit to our kids’ future once and for all.”

  • CPPP Releases Interactive Tool and Report on Medicaid Expansion’s Benefits

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    TX:  The Center for Public Policy Priorities released an interactive tool and report on Medicaid expansion in Texas.  The interactive tool displays the number of uninsured Texans who would gain coverage under expansion as well as its economic benefits by county.  The report highlights the State’s decisions and provides a roadmap for the 2015 legislature to better address health coverage.
  • CPPP Op-Ed Tackles Poverty and Medicaid Expansion

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    TX: Ann Beeson, executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), published an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle about Texas’ poverty rate, one of the highest in the country, its existing safety net system, and the need to expand Medicaid.  

  • CPPP Submits Comments on Navigator Proposed Rule

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) submitted comments on the Texas Department of Insurance’s proposed rule on navigators.  CPPP’s concerns with the proposed rule include: the Department’s statutory authority to publish a rule; the fiscal impact on local governments; the reduction of navigator services resulting from excessive start-up and operating fees; and the March 1st implementation timeframe.  
  • CPPP Responds to Proposed Rule on Texas Navigators

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    CPPP:  The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) published an issue brief analyzing the Texas Department of Insurance’s proposed rule on Navigators.  CPPP argues the rule would: prevent Navigators from assisting consumers compare benefits; suspend Navigator services on March 1, 2014; increase compliance fees for Navigators and Navigator organizations; and impose excessive training hours.  
  • CPPP Launches First e-Newsletter!

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) published their first e-newsletter in October. The newsletter highlighted CPPP’s efforts to publish information and resources about the Marketplaces and CPPP Executive Director Anne Dunkelberg’s experience volunteering as an in-person Certified Application Counselor.
  • KidsWell Texas Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWH) held a live tweet chat with Texas health coverage experts and MomsRising to help answer questions about the opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace. In addition, TWH published a blog post highlighting the open enrollment period and issued a newsletter which included talking points to urge individuals to spread the word about the benefits of the Marketplace.

     

    The Center for Public Policy Priorities’ (CPPP) Associate Director, Anne Dunkelberg issued a statement highlighting the roll-out of health care reform.  In addition, CPPP’s website now provides links to a number of resources Texans can use to help answer questions they may have regarding health insurance, including the Kaiser Family Foundations Subsidy Calculator that gives personalized estimates of the premium rates and subsidies Texans can expect to see.

     

    Children’s Defense Fund – Texas featured information as to how individuals can apply for coverage through the Federally-facilitated Exchange on its home page

     

  • Data Release! CPPP Will Hold a Media Call to Discuss Data Released by Census Bureau

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) held a media call on September 16th to discuss the data released by  U.S. Census Bureau’s  Community Population Survey (CPS) and the American Community Survey (ACS) on September 17th and 19th. According to the advocates’ data analysis, Texas has increased the number of children enrolled in health insurance programs, but continues to have the highest number of uninsured children and children who are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Texans Care for Children highlights in their State of the Children blog that Texas children will have more opportunities to access coverage through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace and other health insurance reforms regulating private insurers.   
  • CPPP Tours Texas to Educate Community Groups on ACA Implementation!

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) is busy traveling and speaking at local forums throughout Texas to help educate community groups about the ACA and the new health insurance marketplace that will open October 1st. The most recent forum  – ACA 101 for Texas – forum covered everything from how Premium Tax Credits are calculated to how the different In-Person Enrollment Assisters will help Texans determine the best health care plans for their families. 
  • CPPP Releases Analysis for 2014-2015 FY State Budget

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) published a blog post providing an analysis of Texas’ 2014 and 2015 two year budget period that begins September 1, 2013. The two year budget will provide coverage to 4.5 million low income Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries. However, CPPP notes that state spending is “not expected to keep up with the needs of Texas’ rapidly growing population and the rising costs of services,” meaning that some Texans will likely remain without coverage into 2015.
  • NAM Published Article on Texas Advocates' Struggles on Urging the Legislature to Expand Medicaid

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    NAM: New America Media published an article discussing challenges facing Texas health care advocates as they work to expand Medicaid, the most significant of which are the Governor and legislature’s opposition. The article notes that because the Texas legislature meets on a bi-yearly schedule (every other year), the discussion on Medicaid expansion will not begin again until 2015. Bruce Lesley of First Focus and Anne Dunkelberg and Eva DeLuna Castro of the Center for Public Policy and Priorities were quoted in the article highlighting the need to continue to work to educate individuals on the benefits of expansion to build support. Ms. Dunkelburg was quoted saying, “I think it’s going to take continued pressure from the vast majority of Texans who favor Medicaid expansion – a higher level of engagement.” 

     

  • Webinar Alert! CPPP Talks About Senate and House State Budget Proposals for FY 2014-2015

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    TX: Eva DeLuna Castro of the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)presented during a webinar on April 16th discussing “the good, the bad, and the ugly” regarding Texas’ Senate and House budget proposals for FY 2014-2015. In addition, CPPP released fact sheets comparing how the Senate and House 2014-2015 FY budget proposals will affect Medicaid/CHIP, mental health, and family planning
  • CPPP Reviews Medicaid Expansion in Arizona, Maine and Arkansas

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities published a blog post on their Better Texas Blog reviewing what alternative Medicaid Expansion plans Arizona, Maine and Arkansas are considering. In addition, CPPP released a video on how a local Texas family’s new born son benefited from Medicaid.

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