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Helen Hawkins, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, treats 13-month-old Kevin Gorostieta at Carousel Pediatrics in Austin on Nov. 8, 2012.
Helen Hawkins, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, treats 13-month-old Kevin Gorostieta at Carousel Pediatrics in Austin on Nov. 8, 2012.

Medicaid Fraud Settlement Worries Health Providers

For providers who treat the state’s poorest patients, a settlement between the state and a Medicaid provider raises questions about how the state distinguishes fraudulent intent from human error.

John Specia (left), the commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek testify Feb. 20, 2014, at a Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing.
John Specia (left), the commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek testify Feb. 20, 2014, at a Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing.

Data Effort Aims to Help Reduce Child Deaths

The Department of Family and Protective Services has ramped up its efforts to conduct predictive data analysis and reduce the high turnover of CPS caseworkers, the agency’s commissioner told a panel of senators on Thursday.

Lindsay Berlanga, center, site manager for Cognazante, helps Melissa Villareal, right, and her mother, Hortensia Villareal, rear, with registration for the Affordable Care Act during assistance hours at Bibliotech, the new digital public library in San Antonio, Friday, January 17, 2014.
Lindsay Berlanga, center, site manager for Cognazante, helps Melissa Villareal, right, and her mother, Hortensia Villareal, rear, with registration for the Affordable Care Act during assistance hours at Bibliotech, the new digital public library in San Antonio, Friday, January 17, 2014.

Local Governments Pursue Obamacare Enrollment

Government officials and community-based organizations are working together to incorporate new rules, maximize their resources and educate uninsured Texans on how to take advantage of the federal health law. 

Zoila Chaver, second from right, a member of the Texas Organizing Project, giving health care information to Dallas resident Graciela Garcia at Garcia's home on July 10, 2013.
Zoila Chaver, second from right, a member of the Texas Organizing Project, giving health care information to Dallas resident Graciela Garcia at Garcia's home on July 10, 2013.

Enrollments Grow in TX, Where Uninsured Rates Are High

Nearly 120,000 Texans purchased coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That number represents a tiny fraction of the state's uninsured. 

Nurse practitioner Christina Blanco speaks to the office manager at her medical spa and clinic in Las Cruces, N.M. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The spa and clinic was previously in El Paso for several years, but moved to Las Cruces in October and currently has six employees.
Nurse practitioner Christina Blanco speaks to the office manager at her medical spa and clinic in Las Cruces, N.M. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The spa and clinic was previously in El Paso for several years, but moved to Las Cruces in October and currently has six employees.

Despite Changes, Nurses Push for More Independence

Although Texas lawmakers loosened physician supervision requirements for advanced practice nurses in the 2013 legislative session, some health providers argue they should have allowed them to practice independently, too.

At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

The Inescapable A-Word in the Texas Governor's Race

Texas Weekly

As state Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott gear up for the 2014 gubernatorial election, both candidates’ campaigns have made a tactical choice to remain mostly mum on the abortion issue.

Donna Fehl, right, and Lilia Avila, left, of the Rose unload and set up a mobile mamogram machine at a clinic in Port Arthur, Texas, Monday, November 11, 2013.
Donna Fehl, right, and Lilia Avila, left, of the Rose unload and set up a mobile mamogram machine at a clinic in Port Arthur, Texas, Monday, November 11, 2013.

With Moratorium Lifted, CPRIT Looks Toward Its Future

More than 10 months after state leaders halted grant operations at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the state’s $3 billion enterprise is getting back to the business of fighting cancer.