Tribpedia: Federal Health Reform And Texas

When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 21, 2010, the reaction from Texas leaders of all political persuasions was swift, varied and impassioned — no surprise, given the sweeping scope of the new law.

One thing all sides could agree on: The implications ...

For Ted Cruz, 2013 Shutdown Was a Defining Moment

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's “impossible” strategy to undercut the Affordable Care Act — President Obama's signature domestic policy achievement — won the Texan both enemies and fans. While his 2013 gambit failed to defund Obamacare and led to a 16-day government shutdown, many supporters saw the move has a signal of Cruz's commitment to rein in government.

Lindsay Berlanga, center, site manager for Cognazante, helps Melissa Villareal, right, and her mother, Hortensia Villareal, rear, with registration for the Affordable Care Act during assistance hours at Bibliotech, the new digital public library in San Antonio, Friday, January 17, 2014.
Lindsay Berlanga, center, site manager for Cognazante, helps Melissa Villareal, right, and her mother, Hortensia Villareal, rear, with registration for the Affordable Care Act during assistance hours at Bibliotech, the new digital public library in San Antonio, Friday, January 17, 2014.

More Have Health Insurance, But Texas Lags

The number of Texans with health insurance has increased 20 percent since 2013 under federal health care reform, but Texas’ health insurance gains continue to lag behind the rest of the nation, according to a pair of reports released this week.

We're livestreaming our conversation on the future of health care in Texas at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Round Rock. 

Livestream: Health Care, the Next Five Years

We're livestreaming our conversation on the future of health care in Texas at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Round Rock. Panelists include state Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, chairwoman of the House Public Health Committee; state Rep. Elliott NaishtatD-Austin, vice chairman of the House Public Health Committee; and Paul Ogden, interim executive vice president and interim vice president for clinical affairs for the Texas A&M Health Science Center and interim dean for the Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Jasmine Johnson, with 10-month-old daughter Rain, lost her Medicaid coverage and was told she could not re-enroll, even though federal law allows former foster children like Johnson to stay in the health insurance program until they turn 26.
Jasmine Johnson, with 10-month-old daughter Rain, lost her Medicaid coverage and was told she could not re-enroll, even though federal law allows former foster children like Johnson to stay in the health insurance program until they turn 26.

Is Texas Denying Health Coverage to Foster Youth?

Advocates say Texas officials are routinely denying health care coverage to former foster children after they turn 21, even though federal law says they should continue to be covered by Medicaid until they turn 26.

Video: Transforming Texas Hospitals

Here's full video of our conversation Tuesday on "Transforming Texas Hospitals," a discussion of how the new economics of health care, the politics of reform, the technology revolution and other modern-world realities are transforming Texas hospitals. The event was held at the Texas Medical Center's Innovation Institute in Houston. Our panelists included John Warner, vice president and CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals; Israel Rocha, CEO of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance; Debbie Sukin, regional senior vice president of Houston Methodist and CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital and George Masi, president and CEO for the Harris Health System.

George Thorne of Eye Physicians of Austin examined a patient on Sept. 30, 2015, while Shayla Martinez, a medical scribe, focused on updating the patient's medical records.
George Thorne of Eye Physicians of Austin examined a patient on Sept. 30, 2015, while Shayla Martinez, a medical scribe, focused on updating the patient's medical records.

New Era for Health Records Drives Demand for Medical Scribes

Starting Thursday, most U.S. health care providers must switch to a new system of computer codes for recording patient ailments. Opinions are mixed about the changes, but they are clearly fueling a greater demand for medical scribes, who focus on entering patient data.

Dalton Duffie, an outreach coordinator at Capital Studios, an affordable housing site in downtown Austin, was homeless before he got a subsidized apartment.
Dalton Duffie, an outreach coordinator at Capital Studios, an affordable housing site in downtown Austin, was homeless before he got a subsidized apartment.

To Reduce Health Costs, Insurer Spends on Housing

One private company that provides health insurance to poor and disabled Texans is taking a gamble that it can keep homeless patients healthier — and save money — with a cash investment to get them off the street and into supportive housing.

Greg Abbott, then the state's attorney general, discusses Texas' lawsuit against federal health care reform on Jan. 31, 2011.
Greg Abbott, then the state's attorney general, discusses Texas' lawsuit against federal health care reform on Jan. 31, 2011.

Abbott Courting Feds for Health Care Money, Emails Show

A newspaper editorial prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to have aides research the finances of a Houston health insurance plan to see if some hospitals caring for poor and uninsured Texans are "rolling in dough," emails obtained by The Texas Tribune show.  

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices on July 29, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices on July 29, 2015

Paxton Wants High Court to Block Birth Control Coverage

Backing up two Texas religious universities, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday asking it to take up a lawsuit against the federal government over contraceptive coverage required under the Affordable Care Act.

Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.
Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.

Critics Question Whether Insurance Card Measure is a Remedy

UPDATED: House Bill 1514, which would add a special label to the health insurance cards of people receiving financial assistance under the Affordable Care Act, tentatively passed the Texas House on Friday. Opinions are mixed on what the impact would be.