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A Guidebook for Navigating the Healthcare System

Posted on · Dr. Matthew Minson wants to make the healthcare experience “a little less arduous.” Minson, who teaches health policy management at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, has written a book he thinks of as “Healthcare Navigation 101” – a primer for patients to more easily navigate the complexities of our health care system. It’s called Prepare to Defend […]

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Can Houston Be the Healthcare Hub for the Americas?

Posted on · Organizers of a new medical conference say they want to establish Houston as the “healthcare hub for the Americas.” The Medical World Americas conference is expected to draw more than 2,000 health care professionals. It will feature several topics for discussion, including disaster preparedness. We talk with the health care and life sciences consultant for the Greater Houston […]

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Why — Or Why Not — Are Houstonians Signing Up for Healthcare Before the March 31 Deadline?

Posted on · We check in with Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel to discuss the impending March 31 deadline for uninsured Houstonians to sign up for health insurance. We discuss why some haven’t signed up, and whether they’re merely procrastinating, overwhelmed or confused by the process, or are intentionally choosing not to get insurance, accepting the […]

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Will You Have to Pay a Healthcare Penalty Come March 31?

Posted on · Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ends soon (March 31), and so time is running out for folks to sign up for coverage. We look at where the enrollment numbers stand now — both nationally and in Texas. And we hear from a local organization working with Houstonians to help them navigate the sometimes complex […]

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Pets as Christmas Presents & Pet-Proofing Your Home for the Holidays

Posted on · Once again, Houston Matters goes to the dogs…and cats. Today, we focus on important steps you can take to dog and cat proof your holiday-infused home, prepare for visitors wanting to feed your dog or cat holiday treats they shouldn’t, and we’ll discuss the care and feeding of dogs and cats, in particular, during Houston’s […]

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Health Exchanges Open – But Do They Work?

Posted on · We’re two days into the signup process for the Affordable Care Act’s provisions for uninsured to receive health insurance via exchanges. How’s it going so far here in Houston and along the Gulf Coast? We found out by speaking with Mario Castillo from Enroll America, an organization dedicated to help enroll uninsured Americans in health […]