Making Democracy Work

Child Health

Coalitions and Resources

Coalitions

Cover Texas Now

  • Cover Texas Now is a coalition of consumer and Faith-based organizations that desire to see the state of Texas implement a sustainable health care system and provide quality affordable health coverage to its citizens.

Children's Health Coverage Coalition (formerly the CHIP Coalition
  • The Chip Coalition The Texas CHIP Coalition was formed in 1998 to bring together state and local organizations to support adequate state funding and program improvements for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Children's Medicaid. 2017 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA CHILDREN'S HEALTH COVERAGE COALITION

Texas Cares for Children
  • Texas Cares for Children provides education and advocacy concerning child protective services; juvenile justice; mental wellness; health and fitness; and early childhood education and opportunities.

Resources:

  • Your Texas Benefits Apply for Texas benefits online.

  • Center for Public Policy Priorities At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all.

  • Children's Defense Fund The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child BehindŽ mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

  • Disability Rights Texas Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. Our mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society.

  • Medicaid and CHIP in Perspective Texas HHSC 2015

  • Student Health Advisory Council of TexasThe Texas School Health Advisory Committee (TSHAC) provides active leadership in the identification and dissemination of school health best practices and resources for school policy makers. For weekly updates on school health, sign up for the Friday Beat

  • Child Health Fatality Review DSHS Reviews child deaths on a local level from a public health perspective. By reviewing circumstances surrounding child deaths, teams identify prevention strategies that will decrease the incidence of preventable child deaths.

  • Healthy Texas Babies is a data-driven initiative. Local coalitions, Expert Panel members and others need access to up-to-date data on infant mortality, prematurity, low birth weight and other variables.

  • Kids Count.org For data about how kids are doing in your county.

Position LWV-TX

Ensure that state budget cuts do not undermine children's access to health care. Improve enrollment and retention for CHIP and Children's Medicaid and maintain effective delivery systems for both. Preserve Texas' public health safety net.

Positions LWV-US

LWV-US position on Health Care

Other Positions that concern Child Health:

Early Intervention for Children at Risk

  • Support policies and programs that promote the well-being, development and safety of all children.

Health Care

  • Promote a health care system for the United States that provides access to a basic level of quality care for all U.S. residents and controls health care costs.

Meeting Basic Human Needs

  • Support programs and policies to prevent or reduce poverty and to promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families.

  • Income Assistance. Support income assistance programs, based on need, that provide decent, adequate standards for food, clothing and shelter.

  • Support Services. Provide essential support services.

  • Housing Supply. Support policies to provide a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family.

Violence Prevention

  • Support violence prevention programs in communities.

For more information

Acronyms: What does that mean?

  • CHIP: Childrens Health Insurance Plan
  • DSHS: Department of State Health Services
  • HHSC: Health and Human Services Commission

Issue Study and Expanation

The last study on health care was done in the 1990s and completed in 1993 when the LWV-US position on Health Care was announced by the National Board.

Testimony

History of LWV-TX Action in Texas