The Source - Septemnber 25, 2013
Wed September 25, 2013
The Source: Addiction Treatment Providers Feel The Squeeze | How PEMEX Reform Could Affect Texas
In the first segment:
Addiction has an economic impact of $559 billion per year in the US, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse -- here in Bexar County it is $1.7 billion.
The federal sequester has meant cuts for organizations across the country for treatments centers. Alpha Home here in San Antonio saw a 10 percent cut to its budget. The organization, which provides services to 800 women annually, will have to make tougher choices as we enter the new fiscal year.
Julie Wisdom-Wild, CEO of Alpha Home joins us.
In other states the sequester is being tempered by Medicaid expansion, but the actual cost of providing services is often more than the cost provided by Medicaid. Additionally, once these programs are expanded, millions of people without access will be eligible.
What happens then? Are there enough beds and hours for the estimated 3 million to 5 million persons suffering from addiction?
Art Schut is CEO of Arapahoe House, which operates 13 treatment centers throughout Colorado tells us more about what they expect.
In the second segment:
As Mexico considers reforming its state-controlled oil company, what could this mean for Texas? The Eagle Ford Shale doesn't stop at the border after all. Will companies on this side of the line see the benefits, and what types of businesses are we talking about?
Thomas Tunstall , a professor at UTSA who authored the Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale study, joins us to talk about what the south-of-the-border potential is for oil and gas.
Joining him is industry analyst and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston, Michael Economides.
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