PUBLIC BENEFITS: HEALTH CARE ACCESS


The center focuses on health care access, immigrants' access to services, food and nutrition, the state's eligibility and enrollment system, and TANF.

Recent Health Care Access Publications

Texas Children's Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment: The Facts (10/6/2004)
In response to potentially confusing and at times conflicting assertions presented of late, CPPP has produced this Policy Page, in Q & A format, to provide up to date information about children's Medicaid and CHIP (all from official state agency and legislative sources) against which competing assertions may be judged. While some recent statements are accurate, others are questionable, and all are best understood in context, rather than as isolated "sound bites."

Texans Can Do Math: Kids Are Missing From CHIP: Austin American-Statesman (09/22/2004)
The Children's Health Insurance Program has become a shuttlecock in the game of state politics. CHIP provides health insurance for children whose families make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to buy private insurance.

Children's Medicaid and SCHIP in Texas: Tracking the Impact of Budget Cuts (07/23/2004)
This case study, published by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and co-authored by the Commission's Molly O'Malley, details the impact of Texas' legislative actions on enrollment in its Medicaid and SCHIP programs. Texas experienced the largest SCHIP enrollment decline in the nation between June 2003 and December 2003.

CPPP Presents Comments on Medicaid Estate Recovery (05/20/2004)
The Center for Public Policy Priorities has submitted comments on HHSC proposed rules for a Medicaid Estate Recovery program. HHSC held a set of informal public hearings BEFORE proposed rules were published in April, and a formal public hearing on the rules will be held on May 27, 2004.

Recommendations and Comments on HHSC Proposed Rules for Medicaid Estate Recovery (04/30/2004)
The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) appreciates the opportunity to comment on proposed rules for Estate Recovery as published At 29 TexReg 4038-4043, April 30, 2004. We commend HHSC staff for the good work that has gone into the HHSC proposal, and we offer additional suggestions we believe would enhance the policy.

Federal Court Halts State Effort to Deny Medicaid to Certain TANF Recipients (04/14/2004)
In the latest chapter of a legal battle that has been waging for a half year, a federal court granted a preliminary injunction against three Texas state agencies, again preventing them from terminating health care for thousands of low-income Texans.

$469 Million Available Now to Restore Medicaid Benefits for Elderly and Disabled (04/2/2004)
According to the Texas Comptroller, $469.3 million in unused state dollars are available which could be allocated to reduce the health and human service budget cuts passed by the 78th Texas Legislature.

Final Section-by-Section Analysis of HB 2292 (04/1/2004)
Article 1 of HB 2292 provides for the eventual consolidation of all health and human services (HHS) agencies into five agencies, replaces agency boards with advisory councils, consolidates all policy development and rulemaking authority for HHS programs and services with the commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), and creates a Transition Legislative Oversight Committee to facilitate the consolidation. An analysis of the major provisions in Article 1 follows, with our major concerns noted.

Comments on Proposed Amendments to Rules for the State Children's Health Insurance Program: Asset Limits (03/7/2004)
The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) submits the following comments on proposed rules published in the February 20, 2004 Texas Register (29 TexReg 1491 1494). The proposed language would amend TAC Part 15 Texas Health and Human Services Commission Chapter 370 State Children's Health Insurance Program Subchapter A §370.4 and Subchapter B §370.44.

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