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

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

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.

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.