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. With recruitment campaigns in states like New Mexico, which has more lenient laws, some of these nurses see an incentive to leave the state.Full Story
Following the Supreme Court’s decision not to intervene in Texas’ ongoing abortion litigation, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are working to secure access to the procedure.Full Story
Hoping to prove that new regulations on abortion providers aren't creating an undue burden, abortion opponents are calling attention to the availability of appointments to obtain the procedure.
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.Full Story
Fewer than 3,000 Texans successfully found private health insurance during the first month of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment, according to federal enrollment figures released Wednesday.Full Story
The closure of nine of 32 family planning clinics in the Rio Grande Valley has compounded the struggles of low-income, Latina women trying to access reproductive health services, according to a report released Tuesday.Full Story
UPDATED: State attorneys filed a response on Tuesday to abortion providers’ request for the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the battle over the constitutionality of Texas' new regulations on abortion.
The health commission’s Office of Inspector General, which says Texas has misspent hundreds of millions of dollars on Medicaid orthodontic and dental fraud, has now lost its first three court battles against accused providers.Full Story
Marni Evans and her fiance, John Lockhart, had to delay a scheduled abortion after a decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed Texas to implement strict new regulations on the procedure.Full Story
Texas abortion providers’ Monday victory was short-lived. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a federal district court ruling that found part of the state's new abortion regulations unconstitutional.Full Story
The Affordable Care Act will increase the average cost of insurance premiums, making health care less affordable for those Texans on whom the system financially depends, according to a Texas Public Policy Foundation report.
In Austin to highlight insurance enrollment efforts under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged problems with the online marketplace and criticized some Texas leaders' efforts to block the law.Full Story
With days remaining until new abortion regulations take effect in Texas, attorneys for abortion providers and the state of Texas presented their final arguments Wednesday on whether those restrictions meet constitutional muster.Full Story
UPDATED: Abortion providers and state attorneys will present their final arguments Wednesday morning on whether the restrictions on the procedure in House Bill 2 are constitutional.
A federal judge began hearing arguments Monday as abortion rights advocates pursue a preliminary injunction to block the implementation of two provisions in the state's new law on abortion regulations.
Texas' high-risk insurance pool for some of the state’s sickest residents will close at year's end, pushing participants to find coverage in the federal health insurance marketplace. Advocates are getting the word out to ensure residents don't have a lapse in coverage.Full Story
Because Texas chose not to expand Medicaid, 1 million poor, uninsured adults won't have access to insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report released Wednesday.Full Story
Nearly two years after news broke that Texas spent more on orthodontic claims in its Medicaid program than the other 49 states combined, the Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of Inspector General is barely knee deep in its effort to recover millions in purportedly misspent Medicaid money.Full Story
Advocates are developing community-based strategies to ensure that Latinos understand the insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act.Full Story
The much-anticipated launch of the federal health insurance marketplace — intended to help Texans find health coverage to comply with the Affordable Care Act — got off to a rocky start on Tuesday.
Abortion rights advocates filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday seeking to block implementation of strict new regulations on the procedure in Texas.Full Story
State leaders, hoping to restore public faith in the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, on Thursday appointed new members of the institute's oversight committee.Full Story
The 13 state-supported living centers are dangerous, derelict and inefficient. The time has come to consolidate the population in fewer facilities and close centers that have no chance of ever reaching minimally acceptable standards.Full Story