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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Texans Care for Children Publishes Op-Ed in the Austin American-Statesman

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    TX: Alice Bufkin, early opportunities policy associate for Texans Care for Children, published an Op-Ed in the Austin American-Statesman calling on the Texas legislature to extend funding for the Early Childhood Interventions (ECI) program. The ECI program provides support services to families with young children with disabilities and developmental delays. The Op-Ed explains that without proper funding for the program, more children will be denied access to services.

  • 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.”

  • Texas Legislators Undertake Consideration of Key Children’s Issues

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    TX: Texans Care for Children’s commentary was published in the Austin American-Statesman about important children’s issues that legislators are considering as “interim charges” in advance of the next state legislative session in January 2015.  The article identifies priority children’s issues for the Legislature, including: foster care reform; maternal health; and early childhood education. 

  • 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 Publish 2013 Legislative Report

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    TX: Texas Care for Children published its 2013 Texas Legislative report providing a recap of how the legislative session affected children. In addition to 220 bills introduced focusing on children’s issues, the report highlighted that the Texas legislature, with the encouragement of advocates, advanced 38 positive legal changes, supported 41 new laws, raised awareness about 22 new ideas, and blocked 17 harmful proposals for children.  Specific health bills addressed in the 2013 legislative session included preventive services for low-income women and infants, family planning services, and immunizations. The report also highlighted multiple Medicaid Expansion bills that failed to pass before the end of the 2013 legislative session. 
  • Texans Care for Children Announced Children's Mental Health Session

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    TX: As a follow up to the conclusion of Texas’ 83rd Regular Legislative Session, Texas Care for Children will hold a Children’s Mental Health session on June 18th to discuss: legislative decisions made during the 2013 session that impact children’s mental health; the Department of State Health Services mental health and substance abuse budget; and policy decisions related to the ACA.
  • 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.

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