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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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 after a high-decibel argument between the measure’s Republican author and Democratic lawmakers.

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

In hours of debate this afternoon, House lawmakers used an omnibus health care bill as their last-ditch effort to get other medical measures that failed during the regular session passed during the special session. 

 

 

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 Rick 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.

Rep. Lois Kolkhorst R-Brenham on House floor May 24th, 2011
Rep. Lois Kolkhorst R-Brenham on House floor May 24th, 2011

Kolkhorst Keeps Heath Care Compact Bill Alive

Rep. Lois Kolkhorst threw herself a life raft tonight, attaching her Health Care Compact bill — a measure that would seek to give Texas control of the purse strings for Medicare and Medicaid — onto a Senate health care bill that the House passed on third reading.

Overshadowed, Med Schools Face Drastic Reductions

Texas medical schools feel like the scorned children of the state’s education budget. Lost amid the pleas of parents to restore funding for public education, and the demands of college students to preserve financial aid, the state’s health care institutions say few seem to understand the drastic situation they face.