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Costello on Transportation: Thursday’s show (February 12, 2015)

Posted on · Stephen Costello is an at-large member of the Houston City Council. He’s also expected to make fully official his run for mayor later this month. And he’s just recently been elected to chair a Houston-Galveston Area Council group tasked with developing and approving transportation plans for the HGAC’s eight county region. In those capacities, and as […]

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Health Insurance Brokers, Kids and Career Tracks, and Curly Hair: Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Posted on · This year’s deadline for Texans wishing to sign up for health insurance through healthcare.gov is Feb. 15, just a few weeks away. It’s the second season of enrollment made available through the Affordable Care Act. During this second round, insurance brokers are taking a more proactive approach, marketing themselves more aggressively as a resource for those […]

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Monorail, Code Red Report, and Social Media Impact on Mental Health: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Posted on · Business is bustling in neighborhoods near and along Westheimer toward Post Oak Boulevard. A lot of people work and shop in the Uptown/Galleria area, River Oaks, and surrounding communities. That also means a lot of traffic. A variety of ideas have been floated over the years to address such traffic snarls, including the idea of […]

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Wildlife Accidents, Health Insurance, and Driving to Panama: Houston Matters for Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Posted on · It’s an inevitable byproduct of suburban sprawl: the farther we spread out geographically into previously undeveloped areas of an ever-expanding Greater Houston region the more we’re likely to come into contact with — and encroach on — the natural environment that’s already there. The opposite is also true: suburban and rural populations will see wildlife […]

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Contract Doctors in ERs Often Leave Texans with Unexpected Medical Bills

Posted on · For many of us with health insurance, we know if we get treatment from a doctor who’s in our health insurance’s network the price of that treatment will be cheaper. And if you see a provider outside your network the price could often be significantly higher. Therefore, it makes sense that if you have to […]

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Obamacare Odysseys: How Having Insurance Isn’t the Same as Getting Care

Posted on · Because of the Affordable Care Act, some Houstonians are getting health insurance either for the first time or for the first time in a long time. But that doesn’t mean they’re actually getting timely healthcare. In her series,  “Obamacare Odysseys,” Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel explains why. We talk with her and hear excerpts […]

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How Does Where You Live in Houston Affect Your Health?

Posted on · We talk with Stephen Klineberg about Rice’s Houston Area Health Survey, which examines the connection between health insurance and perceived wellness, and the role factors ranging from income to age to education to ethnicity to even the neighborhood you live in may have on your health and well-being.

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Volunteering, Health Insurance & BooTown Riffs: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 20, 2014

Posted on · It’s worth noting that more than 20,000 volunteers have kept the largest rodeo in the world running for the last three weeks, as they do every year. Volunteer Houston estimates about 200,000 to 300,000 people volunteer around the city annually between their organization, the Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Food Bank and the United Way. On […]

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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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The 28th Amendment, Healthcare Enrollment & Steve Tyrell: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 13, 2014

Posted on · There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen Amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes Prohibition, another repeals it. From time to time, citizens call for a […]

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How You Can Navigate the New Health Exchange for the Affordable Care Act in Houston

Posted on · This coming Tuesday will mark the start of the sign-up period for uninsured Houstonians to receive coverage through a new health exchange. In the final installment of our recurring Affordable Care Act series, we offer you a chance to get your questions answered and myths debunked. We are joined once again by KUHF Health and Science […]

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Navigating Health Care Options for the Affordable Care Act in Houston

Posted on · We continue our weekly series of conversations designed to help prepare you for the rollout of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act, in which uninsured Americans can seek out health care benefits through a “marketplace.” Today, we learned about resources available to help you navigate that marketplace. KUHF’s Health and Science reporter Carrie […]