Tribpedia: Health

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.

Lawmakers Consider End-of-Life Care for Pregnant Women

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.

X-Ray Technologist Donna Fehl, prepares to scan a patient on a mobile mammogram machine at a clinic in Port Arthur, Texas, Monday, November 11, 2013.
X-Ray Technologist Donna Fehl, prepares to scan a patient on a mobile mammogram machine at a clinic in Port Arthur, Texas, Monday, November 11, 2013.

In Funding Fight, Cancer Care Could Be Collateral Damage

GOP lawmakers, in their running effort to put Planned Parenthood clinics out of business, are considering changing how funding is distributed through a cancer screening program for poor, uninsured women. But private health clinics unaffiliated with Planned Parenthood say they'd take a huge hit, too.  

The Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth.
The Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth.

See Vaccine Exemptions in Texas by School District

More than 38,000 students — about 0.75 percent of the state's overall school-age population — had nonmedical exemptions to school immunization laws statewide in the 2013-14 school year, according to Department of State Health Services data. Search our table to see the totals for your district or private school.

 

State of Mind: Finding a Way to Cover the Uninsured

Texas hospitals want state lawmakers to find a way for the state to draw down billions in federal Affordable Care Act dollars to cover the uninsured and alleviate the burden on local taxpayers. Health officials hope the Legislature looks at a program in San Antonio that they say has the makings of a Texas solution. This is the third video in our eight-part State of Mind series.

Erica and Lance Beiler pose for a photo with their daughter, Arabella, at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas on Dec. 10, 2014.
Erica and Lance Beiler pose for a photo with their daughter, Arabella, at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas on Dec. 10, 2014.

At Health Ministries, Caring Means Sharing the Bills

A small but fast-growing number of Texans are joining health care sharing ministries, religious alternatives to federally mandated insurance in which members pool monthly payments to help cover one another’s medical expenses. Some require members to abide by a lifestyle that includes frequent church attendance, little drug or alcohol use, and no premarital or gay sex.