HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

State Bungled Earlier Complaints About Group Home

State investigators failed to respond to prior complaints about an illegal assisted living facility in Austin shut down by Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday, the Tribune has learned, and one of Paxton's employees is under investigation concerning powers of attorney related to the case.

Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.
Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.

Former Cancer Agency Official Found Not Guilty

A former high-ranking official with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas was found not guilty Tuesday by a 12-member jury in Austin. He had been accused of deceiving colleagues in order to secure an $11 million grant for a biotechnology firm.

Former Cancer Agency Official Found Not Guilty

Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.
Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.

A former high-ranking official with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas was found not guilty Tuesday by a 12-member jury in Austin. He had been accused of deceiving colleagues in order to secure an $11 million grant for a biotechnology firm.

Cruz to Play Lead Role in Fifty-State Attack on Planned Parenthood

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Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the "Rally for Religious Liberty" in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 21, 2015.
Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the "Rally for Religious Liberty" in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 21, 2015.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will take a lead role in the launch this week of an ambitious 50-state campaign to end taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood.

Law Could Bring Remote Doctor Visits to Schools

A new law will allow physicians to get paid for seeing children over a sophisticated form of video chat, as long as the patient is at school and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program.
A new law will allow physicians to get paid for seeing children over a sophisticated form of video chat, as long as the patient is at school and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program.

A new law will allow physicians to get paid for seeing children over a sophisticated form of video chat, as long as the patient is at school and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Freestanding ERs Find A Home in Wealthy Areas

When her daughter had a cold, Nancy Nicolas went to a freestanding emergency room that she believed to be an urgent care clinic. The checkup cost more than $500.
When her daughter had a cold, Nancy Nicolas went to a freestanding emergency room that she believed to be an urgent care clinic. The checkup cost more than $500.

Five years after Texas became the first state to permit freestanding emergency rooms, more than 160 have set up shop around the state — a presence that suburban commuters and health insurers alike are finding impossible to ignore.

Prosecutor: State Cancer Official Deceived Agency

Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.
Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.

A Travis County prosecutor on Tuesday asked a jury to convict Jerry Cobbs, a former high-ranking official with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, of securing an $11 million grant for a biotechnology firm “by fraud.”

Parents Guaranteed Right to Bury Stillborn Babies

Moved by the story of Erica and Joshua Raef of Amarillo, lawmakers passed HB 635, a law that guarantees parents the right to the remains of their unborn children, regardless of how small they are.
Moved by the story of Erica and Joshua Raef of Amarillo, lawmakers passed HB 635, a law that guarantees parents the right to the remains of their unborn children, regardless of how small they are.

Moved by the story of an Amarillo family, legislators passed a new law that will guarantee parents the right to the remains of their stillborn children. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.