Tribpedia: Health And Human Services Commission

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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, with its $16 billion annual budget and 9,300 employees, administers and determines eligibility for programs for underprivileged Texans, including Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

The commission oversees the four other state health agencies, including the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Department ...

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Texas Lawmakers Working to Reform Medicaid

Gov. Rick Perry shakes hands with Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound after ceremonially signing Senate Bill 7
Gov. Rick Perry shakes hands with Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound after ceremonially signing Senate Bill 7

A joint legislative committee is charging ahead in its effort to persuade the federal government to grant Texas a waiver that will offer the state more flexibility to run Medicaid. “As we innovate, we have to get to where the consumer understands what it costs,” said state Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham. 

Health Leaders Say They're Ready for Federal Reforms

Texas lawmakers met on Monday to address a pressing problem: the possibility the state will really have to implement federal health reforms. Regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court's pending decision on the consitutionality of the individual mandate, state officials say they are ready to move forward. 

Komen vs. Planned Parenthood: CEOs Speak Out

Susan G. Komen for the Cure CEO and founder Nancy Brinker is responding to the barrage of criticism over the organization's decision to stop granting breast cancer screening funds to certain clinics, while Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is asking Komen to reconsider their partnership.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/16/12

Root on the end of Rick Perry's presidential campaign, Murphy on what happens to his campaign cash, Ramsey on his next act, Ramshaw, Aaronson, Murphy, Chang and Seger interactively chart the rise and fall of his run, Aguilar talks Juárez violence with a documentary filmmaker, Galbraith on the tug-of-war over surface water, Grissom and Murphy on three decades of capital punishment in Texas, Hamilton and Aaronson on our workforce needs in 2018 and Tan on the state's much-reduced list of women's health clinics: The best of our best content from January 16-20, 2012.

Lawmakers Revisit Texas Medicaid Waiver

Texas lawmakers and hospital administrators took a hard look Tuesday at the state Medicaid waiver recently OK'd by the Obama administration. “This impacts every hospital in this state... and every community,” Tom Suehs, Texas' health and human services commissioner, said in a morning hearing.  

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.

Medicaid Payment Cuts in Texas Worry Therapy Providers

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Some cuts to Medicaid reimbursement rates will take effect on Jan. 1, putting Texas’ Medicaid spending on par with that of many other states. But as Jessica Mahoney of KUT News reports, providers of physical, occupational and speech therapy worry many could be left without services.

Day 5: Budget Cuts Final Straw for Air Ambulance

Throughout August, The Texas Tribune will feature 31 ways Texans' lives will change come Sept. 1, the date most bills passed by the Legislature — including the dramatically reduced budget — take effect. DAY 5: The Rio Grande Valley’s longest-running helicopter ambulance will be permanently grounded this fall, and state budget cuts were the final straw.

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.

A child rides his bike in the Del Mar Heights colonia in the Rio Grande Valley.
A child rides his bike in the Del Mar Heights colonia in the Rio Grande Valley.

Red Tape, Catch-22s Impede Progress in Texas' Colonias

Life has clearly improved in the "colonias" — Spanish for neighborhood or community — since the 1950s, when opportunistic developers first established them for migrant workers on the Texas side of the Mexican border. But many efforts to better conditions for the half a million residents of the colonias have fallen short, the result of bureaucratic nightmares, mixed messages and a spiral of confusion and fees. 

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.