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...
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...
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,...
Previously, we debunked a bad stat that kept finding its way into news coverage: how many Texas doctors accept Medicaid. The bad stat perpetuated a myth that Texas doctors won't accept Medicaid patients. Nothing could be further from the truth. Records kept by the State of Texas indicate approximately...
As Texans, we know that having 25% of our residents not having health insurance is bad for them and for the Texas economy, yet for the past few years we have become stuck in politics over policy. The legislature has known for years that 6 million uninsured Texans is bad,...
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...
Dallas-based reporter Wade Goodwin tells the clear, compelling and heart-breaking story of Texas politicians blocking billions of dollars in healthcare and economic development. Goodwin's story uses Dallas' Parkland Hospital as an example of the kind of damage County Hospitals are suffering, and it mirrors experiences in Houston where hardworking...
 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...