Dozens Of Texas Migrant Shelters Told To ‘Wind Down’ Operations By End Of August After Abbott’s Disaster Declaration

Posted on · Texas-licensed shelters for migrant kids have some of the best national standards for care. Now, Gov. Abbott is trying to close them, which would likely push more children and teens into emergency shelters, that are subject to less government oversight.


Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Over California Travel Ban

Posted on · The court refused to consider Texas’ challenge to California’s ban on state-funded business trips to Texas and other states deemed to discriminate against LGBTQ people. California adopted the ban following a 2017 Texas law that allows foster care and adoption agencies to deny services for religious beliefs.


Texas To Allow Limited Visitation In Nursing Homes With No Active Coronavirus Cases

Posted on · Nursing homes remain hot spots for the virus, with 57% still reporting active cases. Limited visits will be allowed both indoors and outdoors at facilities where there are no cases among residents or staff.

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Health and Human Services Commissioner Stepping Down Amid Controversy

Posted on · Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek recently announced his resignation. He'll step down July 1. His deputy, Chris Taylor, will replace him. Janek's departure comes as the agency faces a number of issues, including a controversy surrounding a no-bid contract with an Austin-based technology company to detect Medicaid fraud. We discuss the challenges […]