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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.