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 ...

Many HIV Patients Unable to Enjoy Expanded Coverage

Minister Freedom Gulley led a candlelight vigil in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston.
Minister Freedom Gulley led a candlelight vigil in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston.

Many HIV patients in Texas are ineligible for subsidies on the new federal health care exchange. Add the state's decision to not expand Medicaid to cover poor adults, and the bulk of those patients are missing out on expanded health coverage.

Yesenia Alvarado holds her daughter, Medicaid patient Melanie Almaraz, 2, while waiting to see Dr. Alberto Vasquez for treatment of a fever at the Su Clinica Familiar in Harlingen, Texas on Jul. 9, 2013.
Yesenia Alvarado holds her daughter, Medicaid patient Melanie Almaraz, 2, while waiting to see Dr. Alberto Vasquez for treatment of a fever at the Su Clinica Familiar in Harlingen, Texas on Jul. 9, 2013.

State Gets Federal OK to Boost Medicaid Payments

UPDATED: A year after Texas was slated to increase Medicaid payments to primary care physicians under the Affordable Care Act, the state has received federal approval to implement the change.

 

 

Patients wait to be seen at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, on Nov. 8, 2010.
Patients wait to be seen at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, on Nov. 8, 2010.

In Texas, Groups Work to Help Uninsured Latinos

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In Texas, where Latinos make up a large portion of the uninsured, the federal insurance marketplace may only be part of the solution. Grassroots groups and even Spanish-language media are stepping up help Latinos find coverage. 

Kathleen Sebelius discusses Healthcare.gov with Kat Richards and Mark Sullivan who just used the site to sign up
Kathleen Sebelius discusses Healthcare.gov with Kat Richards and Mark Sullivan who just used the site to sign up

Sebelius Faults Texas Leaders for Politicizing Health Law

In Austin to highlight insurance enrollment efforts under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged problems with the online marketplace and criticized some Texas leaders' efforts to block the law.

A patient at The People's Community Clinic pays her bill as the cashier’s desk.  The Community Health Assistance Program, a program that helps Texans get access to insurance, will run out of federal grant money in a few weeks.
A patient at The People's Community Clinic pays her bill as the cashier’s desk. The Community Health Assistance Program, a program that helps Texans get access to insurance, will run out of federal grant money in a few weeks.

Texas Prepares to Shutter High-Risk Insurance Pool

Texas' high-risk insurance pool for some of the state’s sickest residents will close at year's end, pushing participants to find coverage in the federal health insurance marketplace. Advocates are getting the word out to ensure residents don't have a lapse in coverage.

U.S. Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz speaking at the 2013 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.
U.S. Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz speaking at the 2013 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.

The Playlist: Shut Down

Nearly one week into the federal government shutdown, we begin our weekly 10-song playlist inspired by the latest political news with "Shut Down" by the Beach Boys.

Zoila Chaver, second from right, a member of the Texas Organizing Project, giving health care information to Dallas resident Graciela Garcia at Garcia's home on July 10, 2013.
Zoila Chaver, second from right, a member of the Texas Organizing Project, giving health care information to Dallas resident Graciela Garcia at Garcia's home on July 10, 2013.

Marketplace Launches With High Expectations, Hiccups

The much-anticipated launch of the federal health insurance marketplace — intended to help Texans find health coverage to comply with the Affordable Care Act — got off to a rocky start on Tuesday.