HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Van de Putte Calls for Expanded Medicaid Coverage

Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor of Texas, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, speaks during a campaign swing in Austin on June 4.
Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor of Texas, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, speaks during a campaign swing in Austin on June 4.

Hoping to overcome Republican opposition to expanding Medicaid, Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte said Friday she would seek a Texas-specific plan to cover poor, uninsured adults if elected lieutenant governor in November.

Glitches Threaten ACA Coverage for Some Immigrants

Iraqi refugee Mohammed al Mamoori used a Foundation Communities program, Insure Central Texas, for help signing he and his family up for health insurance earlier this year.
Iraqi refugee Mohammed al Mamoori used a Foundation Communities program, Insure Central Texas, for help signing he and his family up for health insurance earlier this year.

Immigrants who purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace could lose their coverage next month if they cannot verify their citizenship records.

Lawmakers Ready to Push Again for "Texas Solution" to Obamacare

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State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, lays out SB7 in the House on June 27, 2011. The measure passed, 96-48.
State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, lays out SB7 in the House on June 27, 2011. The measure passed, 96-48.

Two key state lawmakers from opposing parties said on Monday at a Texas Tribune event that they haven’t given up on crafting a plan that would allow Texas to collect billions of federal Medicaid dollars tied to the Affordable Care Act.

The Brief: Spotlight Shines on a Defiant Perry

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press a day after a grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power August 16th, 2014
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press a day after a grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power August 16th, 2014

One consequence of announcing the felony indictments against Rick Perry late Friday was to give the governor the following day to begin his full-throated counterattack. That meant the front pages of the state's Sunday papers were dominated by pictures of a defiant Perry.

Veterinary Medicine Lacks Hispanics in Texas, U.S.

Dr. Orlando Garza walks with a dog that was boarding at his animal hospital on Monday in El Paso. Garza has been a practicing veterinarian since 1982.
Dr. Orlando Garza walks with a dog that was boarding at his animal hospital on Monday in El Paso. Garza has been a practicing veterinarian since 1982.

There were 84 Hispanic veterinarians in Texas in 2010, making up less than 2 percent of the state’s 5,728 veterinarians, according to the 2014 book Changing Texas, whose lead author, Steve H. Murdock, is the former state demographer.

 

The Brief: Latest Abortion Trial Draws to a Close

A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The clinic, one of 22 remaining abortion providers in the state, does not currently meet requirements that will take effect on Sept. 1.
A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The clinic, one of 22 remaining abortion providers in the state, does not currently meet requirements that will take effect on Sept. 1.

As the first phase of the latest legal fight over Texas' new abortion regulations comes to a close, the fate of one of the law's key provisions hangs in the balance. 

Houston Medical Center Considers Ways to Prevent Ebola

Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.

The Baylor College of Medicine in Houston is considering a reverse quarantine that would keep health staffers from patients for 21 days after they have traveled to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.  

Doctors Laud Expansion of VA Voucher Program

Dr. Alexander P. Sudarshan, an ophthalmologist, examined Jose Juan Herrera, a Vietnam War veteran, last month in Weslaco. Dr. Sudarshan treats patients referred by Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Alexander P. Sudarshan, an ophthalmologist, examined Jose Juan Herrera, a Vietnam War veteran, last month in Weslaco. Dr. Sudarshan treats patients referred by Veterans Affairs.

Private medical providers in the Valley welcome additional resources to address the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' massive backlog, but they say the voucher program must be improved to maximize its effectiveness.