Tribpedia: Federal Health Reform And Texas

When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 21, 2010, the reaction from Texas leaders of all political persuasions was swift, varied and impassioned — no surprise, given the sweeping scope of the new law.

One thing all sides could agree on: The implications of ...

Soapbox: Better Care, Thanks to Tort Reform

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Since the passage of sweeping medical lawsuit reforms in 2003, liability insurance rates have plummeted, doctors have flocked to our state in record numbers and nursing homes and hospitals are again operational. That's good for patients — and good for Texas.

Pharmacies Feeling Pressure of Reduced Medicaid Fees

A plan set to take effect in March will reduce fees paid to pharmacies. It's expected to save the state $100 million over the next two years. But some independent pharmacies say the plan may force them to lay off workers and cut services like free delivery to homebound patients.

 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/3/11

Murphy, Ramshaw and Root on Rick Perry and race, Philpott on Perry's vague economic plans, Tan and Wiseman on Barack Obama's foray into Texas to defend his jobs plan, Aguilar on Perry's proposal to send U.S. troops to Mexico, Ramshaw on efforts to leash rising health care costs, M. Smith on upcoming legal challenges to the state's school finance system, Aaronson interactively explores Medicare spending proposals, Galbraith on efforts to pass — and to oppose — a $6 billion water program, Grissom on the release of a man wrongly convicted of murder and Hamilton on efforts to let the public write some legislation: The best of our best content from October 3 to 7, 2011.

Video: Living Without Health Insurance in Texas

Shantell Keller of Georgetown is one of nearly 6.2 million Texans navigating through tough times without health insurance. For years, she and her husband have left their health problems untreated. Last month, she started going to Lone Star Circle of Care, a federally qualified health center that serves underinsured and underserved patients. Keller and her husband pay their fees on a sliding scale. For the first time, they can receive primary care, a first step toward becoming healthier and more productive.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/22/11

Tan on coming prison school cuts and online sales taxes, Root on Rick Perry's support for tax increases when he was a lawmaker, Ramshaw and Serafini on what "Perrycare" would entail, yours truly on the differences between Perry and George W. Bush, Philpott on the passions of the Paulites, Murphy and Seger unveil the Trib's Texas Public Schools Database, Hamilton on UT's answer to calls for improvements in higher ed, Galbraith on predictions that the record heat in Texas will be a long-term problem and Aguilar on the legal shootout over gun sales in Texas: The best of our best content from Aug. 22 to 26, 2011.

How Would President Perry Reform Health Care?

Gov. Rick Perry routinely attacks federal health care reform, but in the presidential contender’s early days on the campaign trail he has revealed little about what his own “Perrycare” could look like — or how much changing American health care will figure into his candidacy. Late Wednesday, the campaign provided the first hints. 

Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.

Court Rules Against Individual Health Care Mandate

A federal appeals court today ruled that the individual insurance mandate in President Obama's health care reform plan is unconstitutional, a decision Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott lauded as a step toward ending "Obamacare."

Interactive: Visualizing Key Debates in the Lege

The Texas Tribune captured every debate, tirade and joke uttered into the microphones in the House and Senate during the 82nd legislative session in our collection of online transcripts. Our latest series of data applications helps you identify when important debates occurred by visualizing the frequency of keywords.

Four of the five children who live in this dilapidated one-room home in Mexico Chiquito, a colonia in the Rio Grande Valley.
Four of the five children who live in this dilapidated one-room home in Mexico Chiquito, a colonia in the Rio Grande Valley.

Conditions, Health Risks Sicken Colonias Residents

Along the border, residents of colonias tell identical stories: of migrating with dreams of safety and prosperity, of getting misled into buying worthless land with no modern infrastructure, of sticking it out so their children will get educated. And of getting sick.

House Speaker Joe Straus (l), R-San Antonio, adjourns the House of Representatives sine die on June 29, 2011.
House Speaker Joe Straus (l), R-San Antonio, adjourns the House of Representatives sine die on June 29, 2011.

Sine Die Report: What Survived, What Died

The Trib's been keeping track of the key issues throughout the special session. From budget measures to school finance, health care and airport groping, here's our final rundown of bills that passed, and the ones that died. 



In-Home Nursing Companies Facing Cuts Again

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Companies that provide intensive in-home care to patients who might otherwise be in nursing homes could face big cuts under a cost-saving budget proposal the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will consider today.

Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 regarding property tax evaluations of aircraft at the Boeing facility in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 regarding property tax evaluations of aircraft at the Boeing facility in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for June 27, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Sanctuary cities bill isn't dead; UT System and former adviser Rick O'Donnell reach settlement; House passes health reform bill; George Will says Rick Perry is a "potentially potent candidate"; debating how much credit Perry deserves for jobs creation; TSA removes 95-year-old woman's diaper

The Last Seven Days: A Special Session Update

The Tribune counts down to the end of the special session with updates on where the major issues added to the agenda by Gov. Rick Perry stand. Three weeks in, some bills are headed to the governor's desk. Others have only cleared one chamber. A few are headed to conference committee, where lawmakers will negotiate the differences. And one major unresolved bill threatens to push the House and Senate into yet another special session. 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 6/13/11

Aaronson and Murphy visualize what happened to the nearly 5,800 bills introduced in the 82nd Lege Session, Aaronson, Hasson and Swicegood interactively recap the budget battle, Aguliar on the surge in illegal re-entry cases prosecuted by the Obama administration, Galbraith on a coal plant that wants a water deal from the LCRA, Grissom interviews a man wrongly imprisoned and nearly executed — twice, Hamilton on a controversial UT regent who wants a do-over in the debate over higher ed reform, Ramshaw on the continuing fight over pre-abortion sonograms, Root on Rick Perry's newsmaking trip to NYC and M. Smith on whether cash-strapped school districts will raise taxes: The best of our best content from June 13 to 17, 2011.

Video: Cornyn Demands Medicare Plan From Obama

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn demanded today that President Barack Obama take "concrete, constructive, meaningful steps" to address Medicare's funding crisis. By not doing so, Cornyn said, Obama is "abdicating his responsibilities" and "violating federal law." Cornyn and a group of GOP lawmakers followed up by sending a letter to the president's desk. Watch Cornyn's speech, courtesy of his press office.