HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Texas Sees "Unusual" Spike in Pregnancy-Related Deaths, Study Finds

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

Texas has seen an “unusual,” dramatic increase in the number of women who died from pregnancy-related causes in the last five years, according to a new study.

Growing Zika Threat Prompts New Calls for Medicaid Expansion in Texas

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, to humans. Officials say there have been no cases of mosquito-to-human transmission in Texas.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, to humans. Officials say there have been no cases of mosquito-to-human transmission in Texas.

Advocates for the uninsured are hoping the threat of Zika will spur Republican leaders to consider a massive expansion of subsidized health care to the low-income Texans they say are most vulnerable to the disease.

Massive Health Data Warehouse Delayed Again, A Decade After Texas Pitched It

Charles Smith, executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, testified August 15, 2016, before the House State Affairs Committee on contracting procedures.
Charles Smith, executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, testified August 15, 2016, before the House State Affairs Committee on contracting procedures.

Texas health regulators are starting from scratch in designing a project to store massive amounts of data — after spending millions of dollars trying to roll out a version that’s now been scrapped.

 

Anti-Abortion Advocate's Group Receives Large Women's Health Grant

One of the six exam rooms at Haven Health Clinics in downtown Amarillo Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The clinic provides services for women in the 26 county region of the Texas panhandle.
One of the six exam rooms at Haven Health Clinics in downtown Amarillo Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The clinic provides services for women in the 26 county region of the Texas panhandle.

A group led by an anti-abortion advocate received $1.6 million in state funding from a program recently created to help women find health care services paid for by the state.

Here's Why Texas Students Wait Weeks for Basic Mental Health Services

At the University of Houston, there are about 3,200 students for every counselor in the counseling center - more than double the recommended ratio of 1,000 to 1,500 students per counselor.
At the University of Houston, there are about 3,200 students for every counselor in the counseling center - more than double the recommended ratio of 1,000 to 1,500 students per counselor.

Students who need help dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues often must wait weeks to see a counselor at Texas' major public universities.

Campus Carry, Voter ID Dominate the Headlines (Video)

Texas agrees to soften its voter ID law for the November elections, the state’s new campus carry gun law quietly takes effect and state officials give the ‘O.K.’ for Medicaid to pay for mosquito repellant to help combat the spread of Zika.
Texas agrees to soften its voter ID law for the November elections, the state’s new campus carry gun law quietly takes effect and state officials give the ‘O.K.’ for Medicaid to pay for mosquito repellant to help combat the spread of Zika.

In the Roundup: Texas agrees to soften its voter ID law for the November elections, the state’s new campus carry gun law quietly takes effect and state officials give the O.K. for Medicaid to pay for mosquito repellant to help combat the spread of Zika.

Sharp Disagreements at Fetal Remains Hearing

Health care providers, reproductive rights activists and anti-abortion groups attended a hearing on a proposed state rule that would require the cremation or burial of fetal remains.
Health care providers, reproductive rights activists and anti-abortion groups attended a hearing on a proposed state rule that would require the cremation or burial of fetal remains.

Dozens of health care providers, funeral directors and reproductive rights activists packed a hearing before state health officials Thursday to criticize a proposed new rule that would require that all fetal remains be cremated or buried.

Family Kept in the Dark After Death at Texas Psychiatric Hospital

Keith Clayton, pictured here in 2013, died after being restrained at the North Texas State Hospital in Wichita Falls. Family members say the state has kept quiet about the circumstances of his death.
Keith Clayton, pictured here in 2013, died after being restrained at the North Texas State Hospital in Wichita Falls. Family members say the state has kept quiet about the circumstances of his death.

When he began exhibiting signs of schizophrenia, Keith Clayton's family agonized over sending him to a state-run psychiatric hospital. Days after his arrival, the 55-year-old was dead — the victim of a restraint gone wrong. 

Lawyers: Fetal Remains Rule Could Lead to Lawsuit

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

In a new letter to the state, reproductive rights lawyers argue Texas' proposed rules requiring the cremation or burial of fetal remains "will almost certainly trigger costly litigation."

 

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