Tribpedia: Federal Health Reform And Texas

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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.

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Court Rules Against Individual Health Care Mandate

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.

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."

More than half of the patients at Cedar View Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center rely on Medicaid.
More than half of the patients at Cedar View Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center rely on Medicaid.

Rural Health Care at Risk in Texas, Study Says

According to a new study, already strained health care providers in rural regions will suffer without technological improvements. Bill Zeeble of KERA reports on the growing problem that could affect up to two million Texans.

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. 

Rep. Lois Kolkhorst R-Brenham, speaks during HB5 debate on June 15th, 2011
Rep. Lois Kolkhorst R-Brenham, speaks during HB5 debate on June 15th, 2011

House Gives Early Nod to Health Care Compact

House lawmakers gave early approval to a bill designed to let Texas take control of Medicaid and Medicare from the federal government despite a high-decibel argument between the measure’s Republican author and Democratic lawmakers.

Perry Rejects "Obamacare," but State Agency Pushes On

Despite Gov. Rick Perry's vehement opposition to federal health reform, the state has accepted a $1 million federal grant to plan for a key element of it: a Travelocity-like state insurance marketplace. “We’ve been going full speed ahead on implementation ... so that we can be on time with what the law says,” said John Greeley, a spokesman for the Texas Insurance Agency. 

Rep. Lois Kolkhorst R-Brenham and Rep. John Zerwas R-Simonton during amendment discussion for  SB 8 on May 24th, 2011
Rep. Lois Kolkhorst R-Brenham and Rep. John Zerwas R-Simonton during amendment discussion for SB 8 on May 24th, 2011

Second Life: Bill Becomes Health Care Christmas Tree

House leaders started with an omnibus health care bill designed to improve medical outcomes and save the state more than $400 million over the biennium. By the end of Wednesday’s debate, it was home to several more amendments, as lawmakers used it as a last-ditch resort to pass health care measures that failed during the regular session.

Health Reform Bill Alters Family Planning Funding

The health reform bill House lawmakers considered today has drawn an unexpected band of supporters: abortion opponents. The measure — designed to improve health care delivery and cut waste in a system where costs are spiraling — contains a single provision aimed at doing what GOP lawmakers have fought to do all year: restrict funding to Planned Parenthood.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 5/30/11

Aaronson and Grissom on a freshman lawmaker who didn't mind making waves, Aguilar on E-Verify's new lease on life, Galbraith on the state's plodding progress toward solar power, Hamilton on Warren Chisum's exit, Philpott on the remapping of Lloyd Doggett's district, Ramsey on a proposed change to ethics laws for Texas pols, Ramshaw on efforts by the state to take control of Medicaid and Medicare, Root on why a Perry presidential bid shouldn't be underestimated, M. Smith on the unraveling of school finance legislation and Tan and Dehn on the highs and lows of the 82nd Legislative Session: The best of our best content from May 30 to June 3, 2011.

Sen. Steve Ogden R-Bryan and Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, speaks with Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound during meeting on June 2nd, 2011
Sen. Steve Ogden R-Bryan and Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, speaks with Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound during meeting on June 2nd, 2011

Health Bills in Legislative Committees, Again

The Senate Finance Committee — for the second time — has passed out measures designed to make Medicaid more efficient and effective, and to open the door for medical professions and institutions to collaborate. But it hasn’t yet tackled the more controversial health care bills filed for this special session, including efforts to take control of Medicare and Medicaid from the federal government. 

Texas Capitol
Texas Capitol

Session's End Creates Graveyard of Dead Legislation

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The system is meant to kill legislation: That’s the old line most often heard around the Capitol. And right about now, as the session's end slams the coffin door on a slew of bills, more than a few lawmakers are taking solace in the fact that their dead bills have plenty of company.

Republican Senators gather on the floor awaiting sine die as no agreement is reached on SB1811 on May 30, 2011.
Republican Senators gather on the floor awaiting sine die as no agreement is reached on SB1811 on May 30, 2011.

House and Senate Adjourn; Special Session Tuesday

Both the House and Senate have adjourned sine die. But without a school finance deal in the Senate, Gov. Rick Perry is expected to call a special session for 8 a.m. Tuesday. "You reap what you sow," said Senate Finance Chair Steve Ogden, "so we'll see what happens next." 

 

For Some Texas Republicans, Federal Action is Payback

Sen. Dan Patrick says he knows why the federal government has intervened on two key bills facing state lawmakers in the final days of the legislative session: “retribution.” Retribution for GOP leaders’ efforts to stop “intrusive” TSA screenings. Retribution for a flurry of anti-federal health reform and state’s rights bills aimed at pushing back against the Obama administration. But is it that simple?