Texas Well and Healthy

Texas Well and Healthy is a grassroots, statewide campaign led by KidsWell Partners the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), Children’s Defense Fund Texas (CDF-TX), Engage Texas, and Texans Care for Children to ensure Texans have access to affordable, quality health care coverage. Texas Well and Healthy’s work includes providing educational tools on the benefits of the ACA and protecting the state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). See below for more information about Texas Well and Healthy’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Adopting Arkansas’ Private Option for Texas

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about how Arkansas’ Private Option could be used as a model for Texas’ Medicaid expansion. Arkansas’ program premiums have dropped since peaking a year ago and are now below 2015 projected caps.  Many stakeholders in Texas are calling on the State to expand Medicaid and the blog notes that a Private Option-like program could gain traction.

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About In-Person Assistance Locations

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about where Texans can go for enrollment assistance ahead of the Open Enrollment Period deadline. The blog lists locations in major cities across the state, as well as available telephone and internet resources, and encourages individuals to contact the organizations to confirm schedules and availability.

  • Texas Well and Healthy To Host Coverage Expansion Day

    Share |

    TX: On March 12, 2015, Texas Well and Healthy, as part of the Cover Texas Now! coalition, will host a Coverage Expansion Advocacy Day. The day will help to bring attention for the need to close the coverage gap in Texas to the State Capitol. Registration is available now.

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Medicaid Expansion

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the current state of Medicaid expansion proposals as the 2015 state legislative session begins. The blogs notes that the new Governor continues to publically oppose expansion but encourages Texans to continue to apply pressure to state lawmakers.

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Calls to Close Coverage Gap

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the recent uptick in editorials calling for Medicaid expansion to cover to the one million Texans who find themselves in the coverage gap. The blog notes that five major editorial boards across the state have called on State leaders to take action post the midterm election. 

  • Texas KidsWell Partners Comment on State of Children’s Health Coverage Children Report

    Share |

    TX: Children’s Defense Fund – Texas and Texas Well and Healthy issued a press release commenting on the report released by the Georgetown Center on Children and Families examining the state of children’s health coverage. The release notes that although Texas’ uninsured rate declined by 4.4% between 2008 and 2013, the state still has the second highest rate of uninsured children in the nation at 12.6%. Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus, associate director of the Children’s Defense Fund–Texas and a co-lead of the Texas Well and Healthy Campaign, stated, “[u]nfortunately, hundreds of thousands of Texas children and their parents are uninsured, which not only puts these families at risk, but hurts the local economy.”

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Importance of Financial Assistance

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the importance of financial assistance in helping Texans afford health coverage. The blog notes that 84% of Texans who enrolled in the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) received financial assistance and paid, on average, $72 per month for insurance, yet 53% of uninsured Americans are unaware that financial help is available through the FFM.

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Positive Impact of In-Person Enrollment Assistance

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the efficacy of in-person enrollment assistance and high levels of consumer satisfaction with the process in Texas. The blog provides information about the different types of assistance available, how to find assistance, and how to become an in-person assister.

  • Texas Well & Healthy Blogs About Coalition’s Legislative Agenda

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well & Healthy blogged about the new legislative agenda for Cover Texas Now (CTN), a coalition of organizations of which it is a member. The blog highlights the agenda's focus on closing the coverage gap and ensuring Texans have access to quality information to gain, use, and maintain health insurance.

  • Texas Well & Healthy Blogs About Small Gain in Texas Health Coverage

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well & Healthy blogged about uninsured data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The data shows that Texas continues to have the highest uninsured rate in the country and the largest number of uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Contradictory ACA Appeals Court Rulings on Subsidies

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the conflicting Halbig v. Burwell and King v. Burwell court rulings on financial subsidies for consumers accessing coverage through state-run Marketplaces. The post reassures readers that financial assistance under the ACA is still available, provides a brief overview of the rulings, and links to additional resources for Texans seeking coverage during open enrollment in November.

  • TWAH Promotes Year-Round Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment

    Share |
    TX:  Texas Well and Healthy published a blog highlighting year-round Medicaid and CHIP enrollment.  The blog provides promotional resources including a printable outreach poster, an animated web video, and a radio Public Service Announcement available in English and Spanish.
  • TWAH Advocates Medicaid Expansion to Close the Coverage Gap

    Share |
    TX: Texas Well And Healthy released a one pager promoting the benefits of Medicaid expansion in Texas.  The flyer highlights that closing the coverage gap will: save local property tax dollars; reduce insurance premiums; create new jobs; prevent employers’ tax penalties; provider coverage for low-wage workers and veterans; prevent deaths; and ensure healthier Texans.   
  • TWAH Blogged About Post-Open Enrollment Health Coverage

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about opportunities to enroll in health coverage after the March 31st open enrollment deadline.  The blog highlights ways to qualify for health coverage, including: completion of “in line” enrollment by April 15th; special enrollment periods; and Medicaid/CHIP eligibility. 

  • Spread the Word! TWAH Shares Social Media Tools To Promote Open Enrollment Deadline

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) published a blog post featuring sample tweets and images to promote the approaching open enrollment deadline.  These tools are available in both Spanish and English. 

  • TWAH Helps Volunteers Get Trained on Get Covered Training Day

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) will host a statewide “Get Covered Training Day” on February 22, 2014 in an effort to get Texans covered before the March 31st enrollment deadline.  Trainings will run simultaneously across seven cities with the goal of strengthening volunteers’ outreach skills to help educate consumers about their health insurance coverage options. 

  • Close the Coverage Gap! TWAH Launches “Texas Left Me Out” Campaign

    Share |

    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) launched the Texas Left Me Out campaign in both Spanish and English to collect and share stories of Texans left without health insurance coverage due to the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid.  More than 40 national and state organizations sent a letter to Texas’ Legislature announcing the campaign.

  • Count Me In! MomsRising and TWAH Co-Host TweetChat to Launch New Medicaid Expansion Campaign

    Share |

    MomsRising & TX: MomsRising and Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH) will co-host a TweetChat about Medicaid expansion in Texas on February 5, 2014.  The chat will promote the launch of the Texas Left Me Out organizing project.  Follow the chat on Twitter at @MomsRising via #WellnessWed.

  • Texas Well & Healthy Published Op-Ed on ACA Implementation and Navigators

    Share |
    TX: Texas Well & Healthy (TWAH) published an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman in advance of a Congressional hearing in Dallas focused on ACA implementation and the role of Navigators. The op-ed highlights the moral and economic incentives to maximize children’s enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP. TWAH encouraged state leaders to minimize Navigator program restrictions in order to  decrease the number of uninsured children in the state.
  • TWAH Launched New Blog Highlighting How Texans are Benefiting from the Federal Exchange

    Share |
    TX: Texas Well and Healthy released a new Tumblr blog documenting personal stories of Texans who have successfully enrolled in affordable health care through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.

View News by Partner