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 ...

Elderly, Disabled Fight Pay Cut to Service Providers

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Advocates for the elderly and disabled are fighting a proposal in the Legislature that they say would reduce the wages of the personal care attendants who provide services through the Medicaid Community-Based Alternatives waiver program. While the proposal was cut out of one bill Tuesday, the same language exists in a number of other bills, including the Senate version of the budget. 

Despite Uproar, TX Lawmakers Pursue Medicare Overhaul

Across the nation, U.S. House Republicans are getting an earful from their constituents about a GOP budget proposal to overhaul federal Medicare. But that message hasn’t made its way to Texas, where state lawmakers are still angling to take control of and then restructure both Medicare and Medicaid.

Kathleen Sebelius: The TT Interview

In an exclusive on-camera interview with The Texas Tribune, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed the federal government's efforts to cooperate with a state like Texas, where GOP leaders have been hostile to the Affordable Care Act. Sebelius said Texas "has an enormous amount to gain" from the federal reforms. "We will work with [Gov. Perry] and with his team in whatever ways he chooses to work with us," she said.

Bill Aims to Expand Organ Registry, Save Lives

Lawmakers are hoping that nonprofit organizations can do a better job of recruiting organ donors and saving lives. HB2904 would transfer management of the Glenda Dawson Donate Life-Texas Registry from the Texas Department of State Health Services to a new collaboration of nonprofit organizations, a shift supporters say will reduce the number of Texans who die every year while waiting on the transplant list.

Lance Armstrong at a TribLive event on April 21, 2011.
Lance Armstrong at a TribLive event on April 21, 2011.

Audio: Lance Armstrong at TribLive

At Thursday's TribLive conversation, I interviewed Lance Armstrong about the need to protect cancer research funding in austere times and his advocacy on behalf of an indoor workplace smoking ban.

House Gives Early OK to Health Care Compact

House lawmakers have put their initial stamp of approval on a health care compact — a partnership with other states to ask the federal government for control over Medicaid and Medicare in Texas. But opponents say the proposal won't get much traction in Washington, where the Obama administration is unlikely to cede authority over the programs that provide health care for children, the disabled, the elderly and the very poor. 

Bo Scaife, former UT player and current Tennessee Titan tight end, testifies in House Public Health on April 20, 2011
Bo Scaife, former UT player and current Tennessee Titan tight end, testifies in House Public Health on April 20, 2011

NFL Players Testify for Muscle Therapy Licenses

 

Two University of Texas legends from the NFL appeared before lawmakers this morning to testify for a bill that would allow people certified in so-called "muscle activation technique," or MAT, to practice without a massage therapy license. 

 

 

Anti-Abortion Groups Disagree on End-of-Life Law

The state’s two leading anti-abortion groups — Texas Right to Life and Texas Alliance for Life — agree on where life begins, but not on how it may come to an end. Their disagreement on Texas' end-of-life care law marks a rare division for the two organizations, who have worked side by side on abortion sonogram legislation and cuts to family planning this session.