Far-reaching restrictions on when and how minors seeking abortions in Texas without parental consent can seek help from the courts are headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Health newsletter: Paramedics gain new role in diverting non-emergency care from the ER, the Mental Health Channel airs Texas-centered episodes and an interview with Christian R. Abee of the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine.Full Story
After four hours of debate and more than a dozen failed amendments by Democrats, the Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to far-reaching restrictions on minors seeking abortions in Texas without parental consent.Full Story
In a dramatic turn of events, the House Calendars Committee on Sunday reversed course and sent a controversial bill prohibiting health insurance plans sold on the Affordable Care Act's marketplace from covering abortions to the full chamber for a vote.
The sponsor of a bill meant to impose additional restrictions on minors seeking abortions without parental consent will not pursue a controversial provision that would have required women to show a form of identification.
Hundreds of Texas nursing homes have transferred their ownership to local government entities in order to secure more federal Medicaid funding. Critics of the arrangement say it shields negligent nursing homes from lawsuits, putting needy patients at risk.Full Story
A budget deal announced Wednesday will oust Planned Parenthood from the state’s program to provide breast and cervical cancer screening for low-income women.Full Story
Minors seeking to obtain abortions without parental consent would face more restrictions under a bill that received preliminary approval Wednesday from the Texas House.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Health newsletter: Lawmakers tackle pending health legislation, The New Yorker's Atul Gawande returns to McAllen and an interview with Scott Walters of the University of North Texas Health Science Center.Full Story
After an unsuccessful attempt to include an exception for rape and incest, a measure to ban abortion coverage from health insurance plans cleared the Texas Senate on Wednesday.Full Story
The Texas Senate on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a measure by state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, that would prohibit health insurers from covering abortion.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Health newsletter: A detailed look at the Blue Bell ice cream recall, a health reporter's cancer diagnosis refocuses the conversation on screenings and an interview with John Warner, CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals.Full Story
Two years after imposing stringent abortion restrictions, Republican lawmakers have set their sights on changing a legal process that allows some minors to obtain abortions without their parents’ permission.Full Story
In the Texas Political Roundup: State lawmakers kept busy this week advancing a slew of items in both chambers – including a measure on the trade of shark fins. And they considered several controversial bills in committees.Full Story
The family of the late Marlise Muñoz, a pregnant Fort Worth woman who in 2013 was kept on life support against her family’s wishes, asked state lawmakers on Wednesday to help prevent other families from going through similar trauma.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Health newsletter: U.S. Senate is set to vote on a long awaited "doc fix" on Medicare rate cuts, Kyle Janek remains on the hot seat and an interview with Anka Vujanovic of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Full Story
Minorities are largely underrepresented among the state's health care professionals, with white men making up a majority of physicians in Texas. Use these interactives to explore the demographics of some health professions by race/ethnicity, gender and age.Full Story
Planning to follow the Texas House's budget debate today? Better clear your schedule. The chamber is set to debate 354 amendments, which are likely to stir debate on a range of issues like abortion, gay marriage, border security, school vouchers and more.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Health newsletter: A new study finds wind carrying antibiotic resistance bacteria from feedlots, a Dallas hospital targets infection control and an interview with Matteo Pasquali of Rice University.Full Story
Full video of my 3/26 conversation with Clay Johnston, dean of the University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Health newsletter: How healthy lifestyles lead to a healthier brain, a big milestone in Liberia's fight on Ebola and an interview with Belinda Reininger of the University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus.Full Story