Health Care

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A month of historic rulings at the U.S. Supreme Court showed, yet again, why courts matter.

Federal courts can protect and preserve our country's progress - as we saw on major rulings from the last month on the freedom to marry, health care, abortion, redistricting, housing discrimination, and the freedom of speech. 

Each of those issues made their way through federal courts at lower levels - district and circuit courts - before making their way to the U.S. Supreme Court. While these cases gained much-deserved attention, only 2% of all federal cases make their way to the Supreme Court. Continue reading this post »

Thursday, June 25, 2015

VICTORY! And once again - this is why courts matter.

Today, in an historic ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a crucial component of the Affordable Care Act, delivering a major victory to Texans who rely on quality, affordable insurance.

The ruling is a blow to Texas Republicans, including Greg Abbott, who earlier this week cheered for a ruling that would have knocked countless Texans off their insurance.

Progress Texas Executive Director Edward Espinoza released the following statement on the ruling:

“The court’s ruling preserves healthcare reform in America, and will keep premiums affordable for millions of Texans who rely on the Affordable Care Act.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

It wasn't all bad...but it wasn't all great, either.

Now that the dust has settled and the 2015 Texas Legislative session is over, we've made a list of the 10 biggest issues under the pink dome. Be sure to share this list with your family and friends!

1. LGBT EQUALITY: Good news! Thanks to the hard work of Democrats and LGBT advocates, most of the more than 20 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced by Republicans were defeated, save for two totally inconsequential measures. Click here to read all about it. Continue reading this post »

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Texas Legislature finished up this week having done absolutely nothing to advance Medicaid expansion in Texas.

It wasn't for a lack of trying. Democratic lawmakers championed Medicaid expansion all session long: Continue reading this post »

Monday, June 1, 2015

The regular session of the 2015 Texas legislative session has ended. Through it all, progressives championed and defended issues important to many Texans.

There's a lot that happened in the last 5 months, more bad bills than good ones, and we'll write more about all these issues in greater detail in the weeks ahead.

For now, we hope you enjoy our first-ever #TXLege Yearbook - as we look back at some of the best, and worst, the Texas Legislature had to offer.

Friday, April 17, 2015

With less than 50 days left to pass bills in the Texas Legislature, the real action is about to begin. With so much going on, the following is a quick update on some of the progressive issues we work on most, and how things are shaping up for them at the Capitol. Continue reading this post »

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for King v. Burwell last week - the case which could upend the Affordable Care Act and jeopardize health care coverage for millions of Texans. With so much at stake, the case is an important reminder of why we fight for better health coverage for Texas.

In case you missed it, here's a summary of how the arguments unfolded and what the future of affordable health care in Texas looks like.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
UPDATE: The Dallas Morning News editorial board weighs in on the issue, and supports legislation by Rep. Chris Turner to confront this potential crisis.
 
A case before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Affordable Care Act could put private health care coverage in jeopardy for 1.5 million Texans. There's been significant buzz around a hearing scheduled for March 4th in the case of King v. Burwell, and the impact it could have on those who enrolled in through Healthcare.gov.
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Affordable Care Act Helps 1.2 million Texans - But State Still Has Nation's Worst Coverage Rate

This post is cross-posted from the Texas Research Institute, our 501(c)(3) affiliate.

More than 1.2 million Texans now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, demonstrating a high demand in Texas for quality, affordable health coverage. This comes in sharp contrast to a bewildering claim made last week by former Governor Rick Perry who said that Texans want a large number of uninsured. Continue reading this post »

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

**UPDATE** Democratic Senator Rodney Ellis has filed opposition to close the loophole allowing Texas parents to opt-out of vaccinations if they have "personal objections." While Governor Greg Abbott said he supports the current opt-out law, the same law that has enabled a growth in the unvaccinated population from 2,000 to nearly 40,000 in 10 years.


A brave Republican is proposing to close the loophole in the Texas immunization law - but he is being met with resistance. In the name of liberty, of course. Continue reading this post »

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