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.
A new analysis from U.S. Health and Human Services estimates that about eight out of ten Latinos across the nation qualify for tax credits to buy a health plan through the Affordable Care Act or for Medicaid.
That means 2.5 million eligible uninsured Latinos in Texas gained access to new options for health care with the ACA -- and an additional 2.8 million in California, 400,000 in Arizona and 180,000 in New Mexico.
Last year for the first time the federal government released a huge database showing something staggering: A procedure that could cost $100,000 at one hospital cost under $10,000 at another down the road.
In two weeks the San Antonio City Council will receive a briefing on the results of the Healthcare and Retirement Benefits Task Force, known as the Legacy Task Force.
The committee studied how the city can modify the current system in place for uniformed safety personnel. While all sides see a resolution in sight, it depends on who you ask as to the route that will get them there.
Three million people have now enrolled in the new health exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, with a thirty percent jump in December.
But things in Texas are not as rosy, as enrollment continues to trickle in despite the state leading the country in the number of uninsured -- Texas has nearly five million uninsured people, according to the Texas Medical Association.
Following months of hearings and heated testimony, the commissioner for the Texas Department of Insurance has reduced the number of requirements the state is asking of Affordable Care Act navigators.
The new rules posted on the TDI website shows 20 fewer training hours for the navigators than the original 40 additional hours the state was proposing. State Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, is calling the updated set of rules a compromise.
Texas is failing its patients in emergency services. In areas like access and injury prevention Texas scored failing marks in a new study that saw the state fall to 38th in the nation for emergency care.
What is San Antonio is doing to turn the trend around?
Latino immigrants in the U.S. say the quality and affordability of health care is better in the U.S. than in the countries they came from, according to the latest survey by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. But many report having health care problems.
As health insurance plan enrollment passes six million, the White House is paying special attention to uninsured Latino citizens to help them find coverage. The administration is also encouraging families who are of mixed citizenship status to apply despite any fears.
Currently, the Department of Health and Human Services does not have specific information on the breakdown of enrollment numbers by race -- the data are still being compiled.
Under a campaign to get more Latinos enrolled, 344,000 calls were made in Spanish nationwide; that’s about 4 percent of call volume.