Health Care

The Source - July 2, 2014
2:27 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Source: East Side Of San Antonio Gains Access To Health Care

Credit EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

A new clinic is coming to the East Side, a part of San Antonio long known for a drought in health care access.

Stakeholders including the San Antonio Housing Authority and the University Health System have come together to propose a clinic along IH-35. 

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Shots - Health News
9:21 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Employer Health Costs Are Expected To Rise In 2015

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 9:40 am

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.

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.

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The Source - June 18, 2014
9:43 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The Source: City, Police Union Continue Divisive Negotiations

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

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.

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. 

There is little trust between the two sides as the police officers association has claimed the city's numbers are incorrect.

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Veterans Affairs
4:41 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Perry Puts Forward Plan To Expedite Veterans Health Care, Cut Wait Times

Credit Texas governor's office

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.   

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.

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Texas Matters
2:24 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Documentary Report: Problems Facing Texas State-Supported Living Centers

Residents outside a housing unit of the San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: 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?

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State Health & Human Services
5:23 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Push To Close Texas State-Suported Living Centers

The Boatwright family.
David Martin Davies TPR News

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.

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The Source - June 5, 2014
10:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Source: State-Supported Living Centers On The Chopping Block

San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Last month a bi-partisan panel of state legislators recommended that nearly half of Texas' state-supported living centers (SSLC) be closed.

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.

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State Health & Human Services
8:09 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Death Of Sean Yates Raises Questions Of Neglect At Texas State-Supported Living Centers

Ashley Yates holding up a photo of her older brother Sean Yates who died after running away from the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

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.

To hear Ashley Yates talk about her brother Sean – he certainly sounded like one of a kind.

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State Health & Human Services
4:49 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Five Years Later, Texas State-Supported Living Centers Are Not Meeting Standards

Resident at the San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

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.

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.

Some are calling for the centers to be finally shut down, but others say that despite their flaws, the centers are needed.

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Veterans Affairs
4:04 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Van De Putte Says State Should Focus On Current Veteran Health Care Needs

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, said the state need not focus on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation. She said the state’s role in the VA backlog will be getting veterans to doctors while the federal system is being fixed.

Van De Putte, who chairs the Texas Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, said she agrees with other assessments that Shinseki has been too much of a distraction while the federal government attempts to fix the VA’s system for setting medical appointments.

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