Health Care

Affordable Care Act
3:13 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Democratic Lawmaker Clarifies Intention Of ACA Navigator Rules

Public meetings, like this one on the San Antonio West Side, are helping explain the online health insurance exchanges that open on Oct. 1.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The lawmaker who authored the bill to allow the Texas Department of Insurance to impose rules on the navigators tied to the Affordable Care Act is clarifying the role of the bill, and saying that the governor took it out of context.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, authored SB 1795, which is now law, and said Gov. Rick Perry’s letter to the insurance commissioner, which has caused a stir among Democratic lawmakers, goes beyond the intent of the bill.

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Affordable Care Act
3:51 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

With ACA Exchanges About To Open, Perry Wants More Rules For "Navigators"

How will the latest move by Perry affect Affoordable Care Act rollout in Texas?
David Martin Davies TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry has ordered the Texas Department of Insurance to come up with a set of rules governing the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.

ACA navigators will be helping people get the information they need to sign up for qualified plans under the new law.

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Abortion In Texas
11:47 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Women's Clinic Closed in Wake of Texas Law Offered More Than Abortions

Ben Philpott for KUT News

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:37 am

A handful of clinics in Texas have closed, or are planning to, just weeks after a controversial bill restricting abortions passed the state legislature.

Planned Parenthood says the closures will hurt the women who came to the clinics for general healthcare services. Anti-abortion groups say there are other doctors for the women to go to. So who's right?

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Texas Matters
3:01 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Affordable Care Act Insurance Marketplaces Get Set To Open

Community meeting for Affordable Care Act information on the West Side of San Antonio, a low-income area of the city.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: As we quickly approach the opening of the online marketplaces tied to the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1, community organizations are promoting enrollment while those opposed to the law continue their fight against it. Also: Will there be political fallout in the state for not expanding Medicaid under the ACA? And why Texas has become the "Wild West" for electronic cigarettes.

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Fronteras Desk
12:25 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Obstacles Of Getting Non-English Speakers Signed Up For Health Care

Volunteers with Enroll America's outreach campaign knock on doors in Phoenix.
Jude Joffe-Block

Fronteras: The federal government is poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new border security technology -- how the contracting process has changed and how some contractors are already seeing dollar signs. The challenges of getting the word out on signing up for health care to non-English speakers across the Southwest. Also, a look at Nevada's new push to improve education for its English language learners.

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Texas Health Care
11:23 am
Fri September 13, 2013

What Texans Need to Know About the Health Insurance Marketplace

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius promoted the health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act during an Austin visit on Aug. 8, 2013.
Veronica Zaragovia, KUT News

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 8:30 am

About half of Americans say they don’t know how they and their families will be affected by the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll done last month.

So what exactly do Texans need to know about the health insurance marketplace that launches next month?

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Community Health
4:45 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

UTHSC & Methodist Reach Memorandum For Children's Hosptial

(Right) Jaime A. Wesolowski, president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare System, and William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The competition to bring a world class children’s hospital to San Antonio took another dramatic turn today as the UT Health Science Center and Methodist Health Care announced they had signed an Memorandum of Understanding. 

The UTHSC and the Methodist Children’s hospital make a natural fit -- since they are already right across from each other on Medical Drive in the city’s Medical Center.

Dr. Bill Henrich, president of the Health Science Center, said the medical match up goes beyond to two institution’s proximity.

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Health News
2:42 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Kids With Costly Medical Issues Get Help, But Not Enough

Katie Doderer, with dad Mark, big sister Emily, and mom Marcy, has a rare medical condition that requires 24-hour use of a ventilator.
courtesy of the Doderer family

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 8:56 am

Katie Doderer is a very poised 15-year-old with short blond hair and a wide smile. She's a straight A student who loves singing, dancing and performing in musicals.

This could be considered something of a miracle.

"I have a complex medical condition known as congenital central hypoventilation – blah—syndrome. CCHS," Katie explains, stumbling on the full name of her malady. "Basically my brain doesn't tell me to breathe. So I am reliant on a mechanical ventilator."

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Community Health
12:02 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

ACA "Navigator" Grants Will Help Migrant Workers In South Texas

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in San Antonio at the beginning of Aug. to explain and promote the Affordable Care Act. Sebelius is flanked by Joaquín (left) and Julián Castro
David Martin Davies TPR News

Of the $10.8 million given to Texas groups by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Affordable Care Act's "navigator" program, the Texas chapter of Migrant Health Promotion received over $580,000.

The group will be promoting healthcare solutions to the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in South Texas.

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Affordable Care Act
11:51 am
Thu August 15, 2013

State Attorneys General Question Privacy In ACA Navigator Program

Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is joining another group of attorneys general to take issue with the selection process in the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.

Over the next few months the federal government is set to spend millions of dollars hiring people labeled "navigators," who are tasked with helping people get signed up and "navigate" Affordable Care Act.

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