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 ...

Genevieve Davis, director of payment advocacy for the Texas Medical Association working the computer and her phone at her desk in Austin, Texas February 20, 2012.
Genevieve Davis, director of payment advocacy for the Texas Medical Association working the computer and her phone at her desk in Austin, Texas February 20, 2012.

Health Care Assistance Program to Shut Down

A program created to help insurance-seekers in Texas cut through the complexities of federal health care reforms is shutting down in April, years before the law goes into full effect.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

The Rubber Meets the Road

Texas joined six other states and a handful of Catholic organizations in suing the federal government to block requirements that all employers include coverage for contraceptives in employees' health care benefits.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Tan and Dehn talk to some of Gov. Rick Perry's allies about his return to Texas, Aaronson maps (interactively!) the insured and the uninsured among us, E. Smith's TribLive interview with state Rep. David Simpson on Perry's race and TSA pat-downs, M. Smith on a Texas school so broke it's shutting down sports, Whitney on a split in the legal community over divorce forms, KUT's Philpott on abuse in state hospitals, Ramshaw reports on the governor's decision not to repay taxpayers for protection during his presidential campaign and Aguilar on the state's attempts to put its voter ID law in force: The best of our best content from January 23-27, 2012.