GOVERNMENT: State Agencies

Rule Changes Address Contraceptive Devices

Patients are shown checking out in 2010 at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, a safety-net clinic that serves Medicaid recipients and the underinsured.
Patients are shown checking out in 2010 at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, a safety-net clinic that serves Medicaid recipients and the underinsured.

Texas women who receive state-financed health services may be able to more easily access contraceptive products like intrauterine devices and hormonal implants beginning Friday, when rule changes to the state’s Medicaid program and the Texas Women’s Health Program go into effect.

Women Want State’s Help in Pelvic Mesh Fight

Aaron Leigh Johnson-Horton, founder of The Mesh Warrior Foundation, prepares gifts to mail to women with complications from a mesh implant at her home in Dallas, Texas on July 8, 2014.
Aaron Leigh Johnson-Horton, founder of The Mesh Warrior Foundation, prepares gifts to mail to women with complications from a mesh implant at her home in Dallas, Texas on July 8, 2014.

While thousands of women across the country are engaged in lawsuits against manufacturers of pelvic mesh implants, a Texas group is trying to get the state to take action against a company that makes the medical devices.

Video: Perry Talks Border Crisis on ABC News

Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.
Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.

On ABC News' This Week, Gov. Rick Perry told host Martha Raddatz that the Obama administration is failing on border security and that the president's response is "about five years too late."

Texas Considering No Longer Licensing X-Ray Technicians

Dr. Javier Saenz, who has a medical practice in the Rio Grande Valley town of La Joya, prepared his clinic’s X-ray machine in 2012.
Dr. Javier Saenz, who has a medical practice in the Rio Grande Valley town of La Joya, prepared his clinic’s X-ray machine in 2012.

Texas is considering doing away with the licensing of X-ray technicians and 11 other types of health professionals. Some say that would put patients at risk. A Sunset Commission hearing Wednesday is set to address the issue.

Abbott, Cruz Blame Obama for "Humanitarian Crisis"

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (left), R-Flower Mound, joined Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for a news conference on June 23, 2014, after touring a Lackland Air Force Base facility in San Antonio that was serving as a shelter for unaccompanied minors who crossed the border.
U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (left), R-Flower Mound, joined Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for a news conference on June 23, 2014, after touring a Lackland Air Force Base facility in San Antonio that was serving as a shelter for unaccompanied minors who crossed the border.

Warning of the dangers faced by undocumented and unaccompanied children crossing the border into the U.S., Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday called on the Obama administration to more strictly enforce immigration laws. 

 

Proposed New Rules Shed Light on Future Water Projects

Lake Travis, a major water supply reservoir for Austin, is severely depleted due to drought. The State Water Plan calls for dozens more such reservoir projects to be built in the coming decades to meet Texas' future water needs.
Lake Travis, a major water supply reservoir for Austin, is severely depleted due to drought. The State Water Plan calls for dozens more such reservoir projects to be built in the coming decades to meet Texas' future water needs.

UPDATED: The Texas Water Development Board’s release of draft rules Tuesday afternoon offered Texans a clearer sense of how the board will prioritize and fund competing water supply projects.