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Sebelius Visits, Oil & Gas in 2014, Payday Loans, & Houston Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Fri., Dec. 20, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Houston today. Perhaps no other Obama administration official, save for President Obama himself, has been on the firing line more amid the troubled roll-out of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act. On today’s Houston Matters, we’ll have details on the Secretary’s visit, and on […]

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Houston today. Perhaps no other Obama administration official, save for President Obama himself, has been on the firing line more amid the troubled roll-out of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act.

On today’s Houston Matters, we’ll have details on the Secretary’s visit, and on rules the Texas Department of Insurance has been developing to further regulate health care navigators, beyond requirements already set up by the federal government.

Also: energy industry watchers say 700 billion dollars will be spent to produce oil and gas in 2014. We’ll talk with Dave Fehling, KUHF’s State Impact reporter on energy and the environment about the year ahead in the industry.

And: from the Houston city council passage of a payday lending ordinance to the new light rail North Line extension to a giant chocolate sculpture of Santa Claus on display at a downtown Houston hotel, our panel of “non-experts” parses The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the week’s Houston news.

Plus: the Houston Matters team, heavily caffeinated, presents the holiday events calendar to end all holiday events calendars!

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