Health Care

City Government/ Employee Benefits
9:17 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Survey Finds Citizens Favor Police & Firefighters Paying Share Of Insurance Premiums

Ryan Loyd TPR News

With the ongoing debate between the city and the police and firefighter unions over benefits and healthcare premiums showing no signs of concluding anytime soon, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce commissioned a telephone survey on the issue. 

The survey, conducted for the chamber by a third party, used voter registration information for 501 random phone calls. Participants were asked if they would favor firefighters and police paying for a portion of their healthcare.

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Affordable Care Act
10:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Line Stretches Around Alamodome On Last Day Of ACA Health Care Signup

Just one portion of the line that stretched throughout the Alamodome.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Health officials saw an overwhelming number of people looking to sign up and pay for their insurance yesterday, the last day of the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period for 2014.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said despite the last day of big numbers, they will not be extending the deadline.

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Military In San Antonio
11:43 am
Wed March 26, 2014

San Antonio Military Health System Positions Itself For The Future

The San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Joint Base San Antonio

On Tuesday three of the nation’s top military medical commanders offered a look at the current state of military health care in San Antonio -- from advances in research to new advanced battlefield treatment.

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas Robb, director of the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Va., joined Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan, director of the San Antonio Military Health System, and Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Byron Hepburn, the first director of the San Antonio Military Health System, for the panel discussion.

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The Source - March 25, 2014
12:33 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Source: Religious Rights In For-Profit Businesses

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.; the hearing also includes Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius

The case weighs the rights of business owners over their employees and how far business owners' expression of religious beliefs can extend. It poses the question further: Can a for-profit, private company exercise religion? 

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Health Care
2:35 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Brooks County Drops Health Coverage For All Employees

A South Texas county is telling its employees to enroll in the Affordable Care Act because the county can't afford to insure them any longer. Brooks County is dealing with rising cost of health care, falling oil revenues and the cost of illegal immigration. 

The 95 Brooks County employees were told this week they would lose their health insurance and they could sign up for the ACA at the local public library.

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Shots - Health News
3:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

How A Series Of Mistakes Hobbled Minnesota's Health Exchange

Becky Fink, a MNsure navigator, helps Mic-Ryan Freeman, 22, fill out a paper application for health insurance in February at Nucleus Clinic in Coon Rapids, Minn.
Jennifer Simonson/MPR News Photo courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio News and NPR-Kaiser Health News-Member Station Reporting Project. © 2014 Minnesota Public Radio

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 7:14 pm

Minnesota is expected to pick a new lead technology contractor for its health insurance marketplace in the coming weeks. The state has been working hard to improve its website, but in its first few months serious technical problems made it difficult if not impossible to use.

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The Source - March 11, 2014
9:11 am
Tue March 11, 2014

The Source: Drug Companies Not Fans Of This Spotlight

Flickr user @doug88888 cc

  The push to pay doctors to promote a certain drug is being stymied by the spotlight of full disclosure implemented by the 2010 Physician Payment Sunshine Act. According to ProPublica's databases companies have cut as much as a 62 percent from their payments to doctors.

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Health News
6:53 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus

Nobody plans to wind up in the emergency room, but costly accidents happen — even to healthy young people.
Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 9:55 am

At lunchtime on the North Harris campus of Houston's Lone Star Community College, students stream through the lobby of the student services center, plugged into their headphones or rushing to class.

Many walk right past a small information table about the Affordable Care Act.

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Shots - Health News
2:03 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Selling Health Care To California's Latinos Got Lost In Translation

Covered California

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 6:59 am

It's been decades since the advertising industry recognized the need to woo Hispanic consumers. Big companies saw the market potential and sank millions of dollars into ads. The most basic dos and don'ts of marketing to Latinos in the United States have been understood for years.

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Affordable Care Act
1:28 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

HHS Sec. Sebelius Stops In San Antonio To Push Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Bexar Co. Judge Nelson Wolff joins U.S. HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius at Bibliotech on her push to sign up more Texans for health care under the Affordable Care Act.
Eileen Pace TPR News

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius made a tour through San Antonio Friday to encourage more people to enroll in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius joined Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on a final push before the March 31 open enrollment deadline to talk about health care and offer examples of people who are satisfied with the Affordable Care Act program.

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