Health Care http://tpr.org en The Source: The Impact Of The Affordable Care Act http://tpr.org/post/source-impact-affordable-care-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rate of uninsured people in the U.S. fell to </span><a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/172403/uninsured-rate-sinks-second-quarter.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">13.4 percent</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the second quarter of 2014, the lowest quarterly average recorded since pollster Gallup started tracking the number in 2008. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:53:06 +0000 Paul Flahive 35242 at http://tpr.org The Source: The Impact Of The Affordable Care Act The Source: East Side Of San Antonio Gains Access To Health Care http://tpr.org/post/source-east-side-san-antonio-gains-access-health-care <p>A new clinic is coming to the East Side, a part of San Antonio long known for a drought in health care access.</p><p>Stakeholders including the San Antonio Housing Authority and the University Health System have come together to propose a clinic along IH-35.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:27:40 +0000 Paul Flahive 34404 at http://tpr.org The Source: East Side Of San Antonio Gains Access To Health Care Employer Health Costs Are Expected To Rise In 2015 http://tpr.org/post/employer-health-costs-are-expected-rise-2015 Increases in health costs will accelerate next year, but changes in how people buy care will help keep the hikes from reaching the speed seen several years ago, PricewaterhouseCoopers says.<p>The prediction, based on interviews and modeling, splits the difference between hopes that costs will stay tame and fears that they're off to the races after having been slow since the 2008 financial crisis.<p>"This is not an immediate return to double-digit growth rates," says Ben Isgur, a director in PwC's Health Research Institute. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:21:00 +0000 Jay Hancock 33926 at http://tpr.org The Source: City, Police Union Continue Divisive Negotiations http://tpr.org/post/source-city-police-union-continue-divisive-negotiations <p>The city of San Antonio met with the San Antonio Police Officers Association last week to try and come to a resolution on their contracts.</p><p>Health and pension benefits have been the most widely reported on aspect of the negotiations and the most divisive. The city said that packages public safety members receive are too generous, and will consume two-thirds of the general revenue by 2040 as health care costs continue to rise.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:43:33 +0000 Paul Flahive 33604 at http://tpr.org The Source: City, Police Union Continue Divisive Negotiations Perry Puts Forward Plan To Expedite Veterans Health Care, Cut Wait Times http://tpr.org/post/perry-puts-forward-plan-expedite-veterans-health-care-cut-wait-times <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking outside the opening of a new medical center at Fort Hood, Gov. Rick Perry announced a plan that uses groups of hospitals to provide speedier medical services to military veterans who have waited months to be seen by a doctor at U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs medical clinics. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>That plan includes hospitals throughout the state willing to work with the federal government to speed up the time it takes for a veteran to be seen by a doctor.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:41:33 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33383 at http://tpr.org Perry Puts Forward Plan To Expedite Veterans Health Care, Cut Wait Times Documentary Report: Problems Facing Texas State-Supported Living Centers http://tpr.org/post/documentary-report-problems-facing-texas-state-supported-living-centers <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> This week we explore the current state of Texas state-supported living centers (SSLC), which house people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. How are these centers doing five years after the U.S. Department of Justice discovered inadequate conditions and care? The story of Sean Yates, who escaped from the Corpus Christi SSLC and was later found dead. What is the future of SSLCs in Texas?</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:24:13 +0000 David Martin Davies 32990 at http://tpr.org Documentary Report: Problems Facing Texas State-Supported Living Centers Push To Close Texas State-Suported Living Centers http://tpr.org/post/push-close-texas-state-suported-living-centers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recently the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission released a report that was highly critical of the Texas state-supported living centers. The system of institutions has a proven track record of providing substandard care and the report says they cost too much money to maintain.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:23:26 +0000 David Martin Davies 32964 at http://tpr.org Push To Close Texas State-Suported Living Centers The Source: State-Supported Living Centers On The Chopping Block http://tpr.org/post/source-state-supported-living-centers-chopping-block <p>Last month a bi-partisan panel of state legislators <a href="https://www.sunset.texas.gov/public/uploads/files/reports/DADS%20Staff%20Report.pdf" target="_blank">recommended </a>that nearly half of Texas' state-supported living centers (SSLC) be closed.</p><p>The institutions are meant as locked-down homes for the mentally disabled who need 24 hour care or, in some cases, have broken the law. But the facilities themselves have been accused of breaking the law; from neglect and improper care to assault.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Paul Flahive 32899 at http://tpr.org The Source: State-Supported Living Centers On The Chopping Block Death Of Sean Yates Raises Questions Of Neglect At Texas State-Supported Living Centers http://tpr.org/post/death-sean-yates-raises-questions-neglect-texas-state-supported-living-centers <p>Texas state-supported living centers are under a tremendous amount of pressure and scrutiny as state leaders consider where they will fit in the state’s future. And as questions are raised about the substandard quality of medical care that the residents receive at the centers, a recent tragedy in Corpus Christi exposes the issue of neglect.</p><p>To hear Ashley Yates talk about her brother Sean – he certainly sounded like one of a kind.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:09:21 +0000 David Martin Davies 32873 at http://tpr.org Death Of Sean Yates Raises Questions Of Neglect At Texas State-Supported Living Centers Five Years Later, Texas State-Supported Living Centers Are Not Meeting Standards http://tpr.org/post/five-years-later-texas-state-supported-living-centers-are-not-meeting-standards <p>Five years ago the state of Texas settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice over the way the state housed and treated some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.</p><p>The DOJ unearthed conditions at Texas state-supported living centers where mentally disabled residents were found to be neglected, beaten, sexually assaulted and even killed by staff members.</p><p>Some are calling for the centers to be finally shut down, but others say that despite their flaws, the centers are needed.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:49:58 +0000 David Martin Davies 32787 at http://tpr.org Five Years Later, Texas State-Supported Living Centers Are Not Meeting Standards