The Texas Tribune headline, unfortunately, says it all: Medicaid Budget Kicks Can Down Road, Experts Say. We as a state had the opportunity to address many of the dire situations facing Texas families and futures, and we as a state just shrugged, and decided to let somebody else become...
A dozen Texas hospitals have closed their doors recently. Not simply gone on "drive by," the condition where the ER is so busy hospitals tell ambulances to drive somewhere else. No, these Texas hospitals - often in rural areas where care is hardest to find - have ceased operations....
In a call for action to protect rural hospitals, six Texans have joined supporters from 10 other states on a 283-mille walk from North Carolina to Washington, D.C. “Nurses, doctors, pastors, local farmers, and even a CEO of a rural hospital have joined the walk,” says Laura Guerra-Cardus, M.D., Houston...
Encouraging people to work - and contribute positively to communities and society at large - is a good thing. Encouraging hardworking Texans to work two and three extra jobs, just to escape a politicized gap in a law meant to help people... is a bad thing. Listen to her story,...
In Governor Greg Abbott’s State of the State address Tuesday, he said “It’s not just our veterans who need better access to health care.” He’s right: all Texans need better access to health care, and with the combined leadership of Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, and Speaker Straus, supported...
Have you read this excellent explanation connecting the dots between behavioral health and why we need to expand Medicaid? Currently Medicaid in Texas mostly covers poor children. If we expanded Medicaid to cover more Texans, we could provide much better mental health services to those in need - often...
 In the last five years, 51 U.S. rural hospitals have closed, according to a survey by the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. Ten of the hospitals closing their doors were in Texas — a loss of nearly 500 hospital beds in the state. Download the survey: Rural Hospital Closures Texas' rural...