Medicaid

For decades, if people on Medicaid wanted to get treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, they almost always had to rely solely on money from state and local sources.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome  is just one of the reasons why Texas has an infant mortality rate that’s among the worst for industrialized nations. Other reasons include large portions of poverty in the state and many in the population who don't have access to health care. The state also has a problem with the death rate for women who die in child birth.

Premature birth is the leading cause of infant death. Even those who survive an early birth can face lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy and developmental delays.

The 22 states that didn't expand Medicaid eligibility as part of Obamacare last year saw their costs to provide health care to the poor rise twice as fast as states that extended benefits to more low-income residents.

It's a counterintuitive twist for those states whose governors, most Republicans who opposed the Affordable Care Act, chose not to accept federal funds to extend Medicaid to more people.

Shelley Kofler / KERA-Dallas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission says it is moving forward with cuts to Medicaid rates which were voted on by state lawmakers in the last legislative session.

Health care advocates say the plan will cause a $350 million drop in Medicaid payments to health care providers.

Supporters of the cuts have said this will bring Medicaid rates in Texas more in line with where rates should be.

David Martin Davies

The Rio Grande Valley along the Texas Mexico border is one of the most impoverished regions in the nation. For many who live there receiving quality health care is not a possibility. But last week Operation Lone Star provided many with a chance to get needed medical treatment.

There are two rows of portable dental chairs along the baseline at the Palmview high school gym in Mission, Texas. The chairs are filled with patients - many are having extensive work done on their teeth after a lifetime of neglect.

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