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University Health System

University Health System is kicking off its 100th birthday celebration this evening.

The public health system started in 1917 with the opening of the Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital which was on the western edge of downtown.

City and county leaders had realized the need and built the hospital for 250-thousand dollars.

Now, University Health System includes University Hospital, 20 health centers and and two mobile units.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

If Obamacare is repealed and replaced with some other healthcare plan, it could have a big impact on local programs designed to help the uninsured.

In Bexar County, the people who run University Health System’s CareLink program are keeping a close eye on the debate in Washington.

Terry Abel is a 58-year-old San Antonian who works as an independent contractor translating Spanish and English. Since 2006, though, she hasn’t been able to afford health insurance.

UT Health SA Receives 'Transformative' Gift

Feb 1, 2017
Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s UT Health School of Medicine has received a huge financial gift that the school’s president describes as “transformative.”

On their 59th wedding anniversary, Joe R. and Theresa Lozano Long of Austin are celebrating by giving $25 million to the School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. The money will be used to fund $4 million in student scholarships, endow the dean’s chair with $1 million, and provide $20 million in faculty recruitment.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

People needing to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act have until midnight tonight to pick their coverage.

The deadline to access coverage through the marketplace for this year is midnight, Jan. 31, 2017.

Even though President Trump has pledge to repeal Obamacare and replace it, right now the ACA is still law.

For more information about plans and how to sign up, visit this website.


A University of Texas at San Antonio brain researcher has been awarded a multi-million dollar grant to continue his work.

Charles Wilson, Ph.D., a professor in biology at UTSA, is being given more than 5 million dollars over the next eight years from the National Institutes of Health.