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Concierge Medicine: Better Patient Care or Privilege of the Elite?

Posted on · In Houston, across Texas, and nationwide, more and more primary care physicians are trying different models to address rising costs, limited time with patients, and too much paperwork. Among the concepts growing in popularity: concierge medicine. It comes in different forms: the most traditional model is that the doctor only sees a limited number of […]

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Should Health Insurers Be Required to Cover Hearing Aids for Children?

Posted on · (Above: Iris Wachs was diagnosed with hearing loss at birth but was able to obtain hearing aids at a young age. Pictured with her parents Michael Wachs and Stephanie Wittels-Wachs. Photo Used by Permission) Should health insurers be required to cover hearing aids for children? Currently, there are two bills in the Texas Legislature that would […]

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Houston Healthcare Industry Weighs in on the Future of Obamacare

Posted on · In his press conference last week (Feb. 16, 2017), President Donald Trump said his administration is close to announcing plans for changing and/or replacing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Meanwhile, insiders within Houston’s sizable healthcare industry wonder what might happen and how it might affect them. When it comes to the future of Obamacare […]

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Houston Healthcare Industry Discusses the Future of Obamacare: Tuesday’s Show (February 21, 2017)

Posted on · In his press conference last week (Feb. 16, 2017), President Donald Trump said his administration is close to announcing plans for changing and/or replacing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Meanwhile, insiders within Houston’s sizable healthcare industry wonder what might happen and how it might affect them. On this edition of Houston Matters, when it […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Opens Amid Uncertain Climate for Law’s Future

Posted on · Open enrollment has begun for health insurance through the federal exchange developed via the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. But looming over the open enrollment period is uncertainty over the law’s future now that Republican Donald Trump has won the White House. We discuss many issues surrounding President Obama’s signature piece of legislation — from reports […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Amid Uncertainty and Honky Tonk Heaven: Wednesday’s Show (November 16, 2016)

Posted on · Open enrollment has begun for health insurance through the federal exchange developed via the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. But looming over the open enrollment period is uncertainty over the law’s future now that Republican Donald Trump has won the White House. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss many issues surrounding President Obama’s […]

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Energy, Environmental, and Health Policy Challenges in Court: Wednesday’s Show (September 28, 2016)

Posted on · The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2016) heard oral arguments over a case challenging the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency is seen by many environmental and industry watchers as one of the most important environmental cases in nearly a decade, as it will decide whether […]

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Hospitals Could Lose Billions When Medicaid Waiver Expires

Posted on · A study conducted by Health Management Associates for the state’s Health and Human Services Commission finds when a Medicaid waiver expires at the end of next year, Texas health care providers will be on the hook for billions in health care costs. We discuss the impact on health care providers and both insured and uninsured Houstonians. We […]

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Medicaid Transformation Waiver: Tuesday’s Show (September 13, 2016)

Posted on · A study conducted by Health Management Associates for the state’s Health and Human Services Commission finds when a Medicaid waiver expires at the end of next year, Texas health care providers will be on the hook for billions in health care costs. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the impact on health care providers and […]