After the 83rd Texas Legislature concluded its session in May, it went back into a Special Session to address items deemed crucial—such as redistricting maps. Unfortunately, neither Texas-style health care reform nor the Medicaid Expansion was deemed crucial, and they are not on the agenda for this special session. More...
Newly crunched census data confirms the need for true health care reform in Texas, including a smart implementation of the Medicaid expansion. Chris Tomlinson of the Associated Press just posted some of the details: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two South Texas counties have among the highest rates of people without...
Texas is a business friendly state. According to a recent report by the New York Times, Texas gives out more state and local tax breaks and other business incentives than any other state in the nation: around $19 billion a year. The majority of these incentives are in the...
Community Health Choice CEO Ken Janda was interviewed about potential catastrophic outcomes from Affordable Care Act "repeal and delay" scenarios. Excerpts from the article are below, including Ken's concerns about higher costs for low-income Texans and increased "uncompensated care" for physicians and hospitals. The story can be read in full...
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times began a month-long series exploring the vast differences in the healthcare Americans receive, depending on where they live. I believe the stories will be helpful to all of us interested in health care reform, and in delivering the right care at the right time. Following...
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...
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,...