Tribpedia: Health

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.

Erica and Lance Beiler pose for a photo with their daughter, Arabella, at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas on Dec. 10, 2014.
Erica and Lance Beiler pose for a photo with their daughter, Arabella, at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas on Dec. 10, 2014.

At Health Ministries, Caring Means Sharing the Bills

A small but fast-growing number of Texans are joining health care sharing ministries, religious alternatives to federally mandated insurance in which members pool monthly payments to help cover one another’s medical expenses. Some require members to abide by a lifestyle that includes frequent church attendance, little drug or alcohol use, and no premarital or gay sex.

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, speaks about health care in Texas at a February Tribune event.
Sen. Charles Schwertner R-Georgetown, speaks about health care in Texas at a February 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.

Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.

Dallas Hospital Apologizes for "Mistakes" in Ebola Care

A representative of the Dallas hospital under scrutiny for its handling of the first Ebola case in the United States apologized on Thursday for mistakes he said the facility made when it initially misdiagnosed the patient.

 

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins during "All Transportation is Local," part of The Texas Tribune Transportation Symposium on Oct. 17, 2013.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins during "All Transportation is Local," part of The Texas Tribune Transportation Symposium on Oct. 17, 2013.

Ebola Response Puts Jenkins in Spotlight, Again

After the first case of Ebola in the U.S. was confirmed in Dallas, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has been thrust into the national spotlight. It is not the first time Jenkins has been on such a stage, as he has not shied from speaking out on hot-button issues during his time in office.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with the Ebola virus, died in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 8, 2014.
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with the Ebola virus, died in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 8, 2014.

Dallas Ebola Patient Dies, Hospital Says

A week after the first Ebola case in the U.S. was confirmed at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, died Wednesday morning, hospital officials said.

Texas Women Seeking Abortions May Look to Their Doctors

When federal appellate judges ruled last week that the state could enforce strict new abortion restrictions while a legal challenge winds its way through the courts, Texas was left with just eight abortion clinics authorized to perform the procedure. While many Texas women now live hundreds of miles away from such facilities, some may still have another option: their doctor’s office.

A day after a federal appeals court allowed Texas to begin enforcing new abortion restrictions, a group protested the ruling on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol building.
A day after a federal appeals court allowed Texas to begin enforcing new abortion restrictions, a group protested the ruling on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol building.

Abortion Providers Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Review Decision

Days after a federal appeals court ruled that the state could enforce new requirements for abortion facilities as the case against the restrictions makes its way through the appeals process, Texas abortion providers are looking to push the case up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.

Texas Officials' Ebola Contact Investigation Expands

Texas health officials have expanded to 100 their list of people who may have had contact with a man in the Dallas area confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus. Eighteen people are already under observation.

 

 

Interactive: 2013 Rates of Uninsured Across Texas

Use this interactive, which contains 2013 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, to compare the rates of uninsured Texans in each of the state's metropolitan statistical areas. The direct impact of the federal Affordable Care Act remains to be seen, as insurance plans purchased through the ACA marketplace did not go into effect until January 2014.