HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

House Approves Protections for Breast-Feeding Moms

Patients wait to be seen at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, which provides state-subsidized women's health services to low-income women, Jul 15, 2014.
Patients wait to be seen at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, which provides state-subsidized women's health services to low-income women, Jul 15, 2014.

The Texas House on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a measure that would require public employers to provide accommodations for mothers who need to pump breast milk while at work.

Senate Votes to Close Austin Institution

Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.
Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.

The Austin State Supported Living Center will be the first closed, but more are to come as the state continues moving away from residential centers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

Uncertainty Haunts Commissioner Kyle Janek

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek whispers to an aide at a hearing of the Sunset Advisory Commission on Jan. 14, 2015.
Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek whispers to an aide at a hearing of the Sunset Advisory Commission on Jan. 14, 2015.

Two reports have criticized Health Commissioner Kyle Janek’s leadership. Three state lawmakers have called for his resignation. And a contract awarded to a vendor on his watch is under investigation. What's a new governor to do? 

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Lawmakers Consider End-of-Life Care for Pregnant Women

Erick Muñoz, widow of Marlise Muñoz, speaks during a press conference at Texas Capitol, where "Marlise's Law" was introduced on March 12, 2015.
Erick Muñoz, widow of Marlise Muñoz, speaks during a press conference at Texas Capitol, where "Marlise's Law" was introduced on March 12, 2015.

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.