Becca Aaronson News Apps Producer

Becca Aaronson develops news applications and works on special investigative projects for The Texas Tribune. As a native of Austin with a bachelor’s degree in cultural theory from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., Becca joined the Tribune in 2010 with a passion for building a new media model that promotes civic engagement. She was promoted in 2012 to cover health care for the Tribune, during which time she was nationally recognized for her coverage of women’s health and abortion politics. A founding member of the Tribune’s news apps team, Becca left the health care beat in 2014 to work on news apps full-time.

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Optometrists Seek Negotiating Power With Insurers

Dr. Susan Shauger performs a routine eye exam on Josh Fish at Lakeline Vision Source. A bill backed by optometrists to give them more negotiating power with health insurers, could force customers to lose discounts on services outside their insurance policy’s coverage.
Dr. Susan Shauger performs a routine eye exam on Josh Fish at Lakeline Vision Source. A bill backed by optometrists to give them more negotiating power with health insurers, could force customers to lose discounts on services outside their insurance policy’s coverage.

Texas optometrists are lobbying the Legislature for more power to negotiate contracts with health insurance companies, and the measure they are supporting could hit consumers’ wallets, some business advocates say.

Interactive: Texas Health Care Lobbying

Ahead of the 83rd legislative session, the state’s 10 leading health care associations gave more than $4.6 million to Texas candidates. This interactive shows how much — and to whom — health care associations donated in 2011 and 2012.

Report: 2.6 Million Texans Could Get Insurance Subsidy

A patient at The People's Community Clinic pays her bill as the cashier’s desk.  The Community Health Assistance Program, a program that helps Texans get access to insurance, will run out of federal grant money in a few weeks.
A patient at The People's Community Clinic pays her bill as the cashier’s desk. The Community Health Assistance Program, a program that helps Texans get access to insurance, will run out of federal grant money in a few weeks.

Nearly 2.6 million Texans could qualify for tax credits to purchase health insurance in 2014, according to a report released Thursday by a nonprofit advocacy group.

House Panel Debates Changes to Booklet on Abortion

A nurse explains to a patient the effects of taking the abortion pill at Whole Woman's Health Surgical Center in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Proposed state legislation would create greater restrictions on abortion facilities. Only five of the existing facilities offering abortions would meet the standards.
A nurse explains to a patient the effects of taking the abortion pill at Whole Woman's Health Surgical Center in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Proposed state legislation would create greater restrictions on abortion facilities. Only five of the existing facilities offering abortions would meet the standards.

A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would remove language in a state booklet distributed to women seeking an abortion that suggests induced abortion can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

House Panel Grills CPRIT Oversight Committee

Current and former CPRIT Oversight Committee members testify before the House Transparency Committee on April 9, 2013.
Current and former CPRIT Oversight Committee members testify before the House Transparency Committee on April 9, 2013.

Members of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas’ oversight committee were grilled Tuesday by a House panel that asked about their involvement with an affiliated foundation’s decision to rebrand itself.

The Medicaid Expansion Merry-Go-Round

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, l, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry at a Capitol press conference on Medicaid on April 1, 2013.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, l, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry at a Capitol press conference on Medicaid on April 1, 2013.
Texas Weekly

Republican legislators who want to use federal Medicaid expansion dollars are struggling to find common ground between the Perry administration in Texas and the Obama administration in Washington. But they're trying.

Senate Approves CPRIT Reform Legislation

Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, grimaces as she lays out her CPRIT reform bill in the Senate on April 3, 2013.
Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, grimaces as she lays out her CPRIT reform bill in the Senate on April 3, 2013.

The Texas Senate unanimously approved two bills on Wednesday to reform the beleaguered Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas amid continuing controversy over grant awards.