Medicaid

Government
4:15 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

In D.C., Governor Perry Reiterates Stand On Medicaid Expansion

rickperry.org

Texas Governor Rick Perry reiterated his stance on Medicaid expansion during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C. this week:

“I say Medicaid doesn’t need to expanded it needs to be saved and reformed.  We care about our poorest Texans. We want them to have the best care possible and that cannot happen with a program that is on its way to bankruptcy.”

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Texas Matters
1:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Texas Matters: How Would Raising The Minimum Wage Affect Texas?

United States Department of Labor

During his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising the national minimum wage to nine dollars an hour and permanently indexing it to the cost of living.

Supporters say it's a way to redistribute income from thriving corporations to workers. Others say it’s a surefire way to kill jobs.

With the most minimum wage workers in the union, Texas would be the state most impacted if the wage increase becomes law.

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Texas Matters
12:32 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Battle Over Expanding Medicaid In Texas

Texas Republicans are now trying to find a way to get federal money without going "all in" with Obamacare.
Chris Eudaily TPR

There’s a mounting effort at the Capitol in Austin to try to find a way to do something about Medicaid, the joint state and federal health program for children, the disabled and the very low income.

Early in the week there were rumors that the House GOP caucus was going to vote in favor of expanding Medicaid in line with the Affordable Care Act.

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Texas Legislature
3:21 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Texas Senate Approves Restoration Of Some Education/Medicaid Funds

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

Education funding took a massive hit during the 2011 legislative session as law makers tried to balance the budget. About 5.4 billion dollars was cut, but many lawmakers in this session are hopeful that the full amount can be restored.

A little under a third of the funding restoration has been approved by the Texas Senate, which unanimously approved 1.7 billion additional dollars be allocated to Texas Schools. The Austin-American Statesman reports an additional 4.5 million dollars was allocated to Medicaid and healthcare for children.

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Texas Medicaid
5:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Bexar County Commissioners Putting Pressure On Capitol To Expand Medicare

Local officials have some work to do to convince Gov. Perry and state lawmakers to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Bexar County Commissioners adopted a resolution Tuesday supporting Medicaid expansion for Texas residents, but commissioners know they have some convincing to do in Austin.

Local leaders are sending a message to lawmakers -- and the governor.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has been spending time in the state capital this year trying to convince lawmakers to stop referring to Medicaid expansion as "optional."

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Texas Matters
1:42 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Texas' Political Future: Medicaid, Business & Democrats

Dr. Bob Deuell, a state senator from Greenville, opposes the expansion of Medicaid availability
Shelley Kofler KERA-Dallas

Texas Matters: Governor Perry continues to say he will not expand Medicaid in Texas with federal funds as several Republican governors now say they will. A new study looks at the reality of job creators. A Beaumont attorney files a class-action lawsuit against pornography sites that host "revenge porn"; explicit photos and videos of women posted by ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands. Finally, what will it take to turn Texas Democrat blue?

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Texas Healthcare
9:23 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Checking Numbers On Texas Medicaid Orthodontics Spending

via http://www.flickr.com/people/36948558@N03/

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:50 am

A new study by the Pew Center on the States gave Texas a D for its pediatric dental health, as a leading state legislator says the state of Texas spent more Medicaid money on orthodontia for children than all the other states combined.

The Austin American-Statesman’s PolitiFact unit wondered about that.

And KUT’s Emily Donahue spoke with Gardner Selby of the Statesman’s PolitiFact Texas to get the scoop.

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