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.Full Story
With the 84th Legislature underway, we've renewed our State of Mind video series, a look at various issues that communities across the state are talking about during a legislative session year. First up in this year's eight-part series: a look at what happened with several top issues during the 83rd session.Full Story
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.Full Story
Students training to enter the health care industry could soon have a financial incentive to become a much-needed community mental health worker. On Monday, state Sen. Charles Schwertner took the first step to making a loan reimbursement program a reality for certain licensed mental health workers who assist the underserved.Full Story
Full video of our 12/9 conversation about the transformation of medical education in Texas with Deans Francisco Fernandez of the School of Medicine at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Francisco González-Scarano of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and Clay Johnston of the Dell Medical School at UT-Austin and state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
In his second race after switching to the GOP, incumbent state Rep. J.M. Lozano thinks HD-43 voters are more comfortable with his party choice. But Democratic challenger Kim Gonzalez isn't going to let it go.
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.
A provision of a Texas law that requires abortion facilities to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers was put on hold Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court. Those standards include minimum sizes for rooms and doorways and having pipelines for anesthesia.
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday refused to reconsider a March ruling that allowed Texas to require physicians who perform abortions to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion facility.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
In a new report, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission recommended that the state’s health and human services system undergo a massive overhaul. Here are five takeaways from the Sunset Commission's report.
State officials have characterized the response to an Ebola diagnosis in Dallas as top-notch, but medical experts argue that the state’s public health infrastructure may be vulnerable.
As many as 18 individuals in the Dallas area are under observation by Dallas County health officials after coming in contact with a patient confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus, officials said on Wednesday.Full Story
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.Full Story
Texas continues to rank as the state with the highest rate of residents without health insurance, with 22.1 percent of the population lacking coverage, according to early U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday.Full Story