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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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/2/12

Tribweek Friday, April 6th.
Tribweek Friday, April 6th.

The first two parts of M. Smith's series on failing school districts (plus Murphy and Seger's interactive on how districts' characteristics relate to ratings), Root on lagging GOP candidates for president trying to shore things up in Texas, Ramshaw on a "fiscal switcheroo" to get federal money for women's health programs, Galbraith talks to a West Texas farmer about crop insurance and climate change and Aguilar on the money behind a lawsuit on long rifle sales: The best of our best content from April 2 to 6, 2012.

March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the  the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers
March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers

"Obamacare" on Center Stage

Texas Weekly

From contraception and cancer screenings to "Obamacare" and state physician shortages, here's a look at the month ahead in Texas health policy. 

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison talks with supporters at the Bonnie Ruth's Cafe in suburban Frisco, TX during a campaign stop for the Republican nomination for Texas governor.
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison talks with supporters at the Bonnie Ruth's Cafe in suburban Frisco, TX during a campaign stop for the Republican nomination for Texas governor.

Hutchison Urges Perry to Reconsider Health Program

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison appeared on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown to defend Planned Parenthood and urge Gov. Rick Perry to re-consider federal funding for the Women's Health Program. "We can't keep turning back federal funds that every state gets and then try to find money in our budget which is already being cut in key areas like education," she said.

Senate Committee Tackles Rural Child Welfare

Child Protective Services officials got an earful on Wednesday at a Senate hearing on improving the caseworker retention and turnover rates in rural communities. And they got a minor scolding from Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, who assumed they would come armed with more data and possible solutions than they did. 

March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the  the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers
March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers

What's Next for Texas' Women's Health Program?

A state rule that forces Planned Parenthood out of Texas' Women's Health Program takes effect today, and in response, the Obama administration is preparing to halt federal funding for it. But the change won't be immediate. It will take a few weeks to transition to a fully state-run program from one that had been predominantly funded by the federal government. 

Storify Timeline on the Texas Women's Health Program

Over the last year, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists have made it clear that they are dissatisfied with the largest beneficiary of the Texas Women's Health Program: Planned Parenthood. Federal funding for the program is poised to end because the state wants to exclude Planned Parenthood. Our Storify timeline shows coverage of this topic.

Dr. Javier Saenz with a patient, Elena Chavez, 73. Chavez is part of the 50 percent of patients Saenz sees who draw from both Medicare and Medicaid.
Dr. Javier Saenz with a patient, Elena Chavez, 73. Chavez is part of the 50 percent of patients Saenz sees who draw from both Medicare and Medicaid.

State Cuts Squeezing Elderly Poor and Their Doctors

After the state reduced its share of co-payments for Texans who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, doctors who treat such patients are seeing revenue disruptions. The new rules are poised to save the state $475 million. But the doctors treating dual-eligible patients worry whether the changes will put them out of business.

Rosario Espriella (center) waits for her appointment at the Edinburg, Texas Planned Parenthood clinic on Tuesday, February 14 with her children L to R:  Edgar, 6, Eduardo, 12, Diego, 2 months and Victor, 10.
Rosario Espriella (center) waits for her appointment at the Edinburg, Texas Planned Parenthood clinic on Tuesday, February 14 with her children L to R: Edgar, 6, Eduardo, 12, Diego, 2 months and Victor, 10.

Women's Clinics Retreat as Finances Are Cut

In a state with explosive growth, where taxpayers already pay for more than half of all births, many argue that cutting family planning funding is fiscally irresponsible. For anti-abortion Republicans, it’s a small price to send a powerful message: They want Planned Parenthood out of Texas. 

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

Texas Lawmakers Working to Reform Medicaid

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.