Becca Aaronson Reporter

Becca Aaronson reports on health care and develops data interactives for The Texas Tribune. After an internship in fall 2010, she was hired by the Tribune. Becca is a native of Austin who graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., with a bachelor's degree in cultural theory.

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Interactive: The Uninsured in Texas

Texas has more uninsured residents than any other state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This interactive shows demographics of the uninsured and how many people could be insured by 2014 if federal reform is implemented.

Legislator Wants to Reopen State Farm Investigation

Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, has raised concerns about handling of insurance claims related to Hurricane Ike.
Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, has raised concerns about handling of insurance claims related to Hurricane Ike.

UPDATED: Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman replied to a letter from a Texas legislator urging her to reopen an investigation of State Farm over its handling of homeowners' claims after Hurricane Ike, saying the department will continue to monitor the company.

Spirited Testimony at Women's Health Program Hearing

Texas Department of State Health Services holds public hearing on rule to exclude Planned Parenthood from Woman's Health Program - September 4th, 2012
Texas Department of State Health Services holds public hearing on rule to exclude Planned Parenthood from Woman's Health Program - September 4th, 2012

The Texas Department of State Health Services got an earful Tuesday from lawmakers and women’s health advocates at a public meeting in Austin to discuss proposed rules for the Texas Women's Health Program.

Interactive: Uninsured Texans by County

More than a quarter of all Texans younger than 65 were uninsured in 2010, the highest rate in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This interactive map shows the percent of Texans in each county who lacked health insurance.

Senate State Affairs Committee Questions Kitzman

Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman gives testimony to the Senate Committee on State Affairs on August 30th, 2012
Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman gives testimony to the Senate Committee on State Affairs on August 30th, 2012

State senators on Thursday took advantage of a committee hearing on cross-state health coverage to question Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman on her controversial decision to delay previously-approved consumer protections.

Deuell to Kitzman: Reconsider Consumer Rules

Texas Sen. Bob Deuell and Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner, Eleanor Kitzman
Texas Sen. Bob Deuell and Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner, Eleanor Kitzman

A decision to table new rules intended to protect consumers has landed state Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman in hot water with the chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee, which will play a key role in the decision to confirm her appointment.