Tribpedia: Health And Human Services Commission

State of Mind: Finding a Way to Cover the Uninsured

Texas hospitals want state lawmakers to find a way for the state to draw down billions in federal Affordable Care Act dollars to cover the uninsured and alleviate the burden on local taxpayers. Health officials hope the Legislature looks at a program in San Antonio that they say has the makings of a Texas solution. This is the third video in our eight-part State of Mind series.

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott gives a speech at a Texas Public Policy Foundation conference on Jan. 8, 2015.
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott gives a speech at a Texas Public Policy Foundation conference on Jan. 8, 2015.

Abbott Names New HHSC Watchdog

In one of his first moves as governor, Greg Abbott has tapped Stuart Bowen, Jr., the special inspector general who oversaw the reconstruction of Iraq, to be the chief watchdog at the state's embattled health agency.  

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/5/15

Livingston, Daniel and McCullough on the Texas ties in the next presidential race, Blanchard has the latest election results, Aguilar on attempts to slip past border security, Hamilton sits down with the new chancellor at the University of Texas, Hershaw prepares a goodbye for some license plates, Langford with the latest in a state contracting scandal, McCrimmon on Gov.-elect Greg Abbott’s plans and M. Smith on Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick’s priorities, Ura on the legal battle over Texas abortion laws, Satija on the prospects for a controversial Dallas water supply, Murphy notes an update to our Salaries Explorer, and Dehn and Rocha with this week’s political roundup: The best of our best content for Jan. 5 to 9, 2015.

Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Director Dr. Brett Giroir during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol on October 17th, 2014 joined by Gov. Perry, Dr. Kyle Janek, Col. Steve McCraw and Chief Nim Kidd
Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Director Dr. Brett Giroir during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol on October 17th, 2014 joined by Gov. Perry, Dr. Kyle Janek, Col. Steve McCraw and Chief Nim Kidd

Ebola Task Force's Report Includes Call for New Facility

In a new report, the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response called for the establishment of a treatment facility specifically for children, among other recommendations.

Sen. Charles Schwertner R-Georgetown, at a February Texas Tribune event.
Sen. Charles Schwertner R-Georgetown, at a February Texas Tribune event.

HHS Committee Releases Interim Recommendations

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services released a series of recommendations late Monday for the 2015 legislative session. Among those recommendations: a push to renew the "transformational" Medicaid waiver that, among other things, helps reimburse hospitals for the emergency care they provide to the uninsured.