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The Financial Cost Of COVID (Sept. 20, 2021)

We hear a lot about the health impact of COVID-19. But what about what it literally ends up costing patients? From ER visits, to hospital stays, and even lost wages, we examine the cost of COVID.



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On Monday’s Houston Matters: We preview the third special session of the Texas Legislature, which begins today.

Also this hour: We hear a lot about the health impact of COVID-19. But what about what it ends up costing patients? ER visits, hospital stays, even lost wages — it all adds up. We examine the literal cost of COVID.

Then, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a license for a waste repository in the Permian Basin. Gov. Greg Abbott is ardently opposed to it. We learn more about what’s planned and whether it’s a gateway to more.

And we get an update on the latest development in Houston sports.


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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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