Open Enrollment for 2019 Healthcare Coverage

How to Sign Up:

  • TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY to log in to and fill out an application enrolling in a 2019 Marketplace health plan
  • Enroll TODAYforcoverage starting January 1, 2019

Helpful Links:

Harris County Resources

Enroll Gulf Coast is an organization working with health coverage partners and stakeholders in Greater Harris County to engage many different voices in support of an easy, accessible and widely available enrollment process of the Affordable Care Act.

Click here for more information, or call 832-393-5423.

From our allies at the Center for Public Policy Priorities:

Kaiser Family Foundation just released a report that finds 1 million uninsured people in Texas would qualify for a Bronze plan in the Marketplace with a $0 premium, after the subsidy.  [Click here to read the report.]

Bronze plans have high deductibles and aren’t right for many people – especially people under 250% of the federal poverty level who qualify for an extra subsidy that lowers the deductibles/copays for Silver plans.  BUT, a no-cost Bronze plan is much better than being uninsured or buying skimpy short-term plan coverage.  Unlike short-term plans, a Bronze plan covers pre-existing conditions, has no-cost preventive care, has an out-of-pocket maximum, and doesn’t have lifetime or annual limits.


Better Brains, Better Futures:
Evidence-based Policies for Supporting Children’s Early Brain Development

I would like to share with you a policy report published by Professor Daniel Engster from the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston and Child Health Policy Fellow Quianta Moore from the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Click here to read the report.
I would also like to congratulate the Baker Institute for Public Policy as they celebrate their 25th anniversary year. The institute dedicates itself to lending a meaningful and nonpartisan voice to domestic and foreign policy issues through its research and programs.

This report is based on the Early Childhood Development and Policy Symposium held at the University of Houston on October 18, 2018 that I attended. I thank the speakers who presented at this Symposium for their valuable insights, including Flavio Cunha, Shay Everitt, Patrick Gill, Kim Griffin, Ellie Johnson, Leslie Wang, Cynthia Osborne, Deborah Phillips, Stephanie Rubin, as well as Representative Sarah Davis (R-Houston), Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston).

From left to right: Rep. Armando Walle (D-Houston), Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), and Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston) at the Early Childhood Development & Policy Symposium at the University of Houston in October.

The report is entitled Better Brains, Better Futures: Evidence-based Policies for Supporting Children’s Early Brain Development.  It discusses:
1) children’s early brain development;
2) the economic benefits of investing in children’s early development;
3) current home-visiting and parenting education programs in Texas and recommendations for possible reforms; and
4) current public child care and preschool programs in Texas and recommendations for possible reforms.

What To Watch This Week:

Our video of the week is from NBC:

“Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi clashed with the President over his demand for five billion dollars to build a border wall — the same wall the President promised Mexico would pay for. “

You can watch the video below, or click here.


Cartoon of the Week

Source: Kevin Siers |  Copyright 2018 Cagle Cartoons

Song of the Week

Our song of the week is “God Rest Ye Merry Gents” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

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