is a reporting fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she covers health and human services issues. She is a junior at Northwestern University, where she studies journalism and sociology. Elizabeth previously served as the Summer Editor in Chief and Campus Editor for The Daily Northwestern, where she covered local and campus news. If she's not in the newsroom, then she's enjoying the outdoors or searching for the perfect mac and cheese.
Texas tries to track the number of students with vaccine exemptions every year, but the data is incomplete. Amid a recent rise in measles cases across the country, some in the Legislature are calling for more detailed reporting.
Most states check once a year whether children on Medicaid still qualify for the program. Texas checks more often, using an automated system that critics say leads to kids losing coverage even though they're still eligible.
Surprise medical bills happen when out-of-network health care providers and insurance companies can’t agree on the price of a medical treatment, leaving the patient to pick up the amount insurance won’t pay.