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Texas Axing Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

Posted on · The Texas Health and Human Services Commission delivered a final legal notice to defund Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program. In a provision under the state and federal law pertaining to Medicaid providers, the Office of the Inspector General wrote that the group is “not qualified to provide medical services in a professionally competent, safe, […]

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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 […]

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Judicial Latitude, Women’s Health, and Construction Safety: Tuesday’s Show (August 2, 2016)

Posted on · When former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced last month (July 18, 2016) to 46 months in prison for repeatedly illegally logging into the Houston Astros' computer database, reaction was swift – and, in some cases, surprising. As the scandal was already well documented, many skipped taking Correa rightly to task for […]

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Texas Court Battle Over Outpatient Therapy Funding Leaves Providers in Limbo

Posted on · A court battle in Texas over Medicaid cuts for therapists providing outpatient services primarily for disabled and elderly Texans is leaving those therapists’ practices up in the air. As of this moment, the Texas Supreme Court has restored a lower court's injunction halting cuts passed by the Texas legislature last session, which could have a […]

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Report: States that Expanded Medicaid Saw Significant Drop in Uninsured Workers

Posted on · A new report from the nonprofit healthcare interest group Families USA notes how the number of workers who were uninsured in 2014 declined significantly more in states that expanded Medicaid than in states that did not. Texas is one of 19 states that declined Medicaid funding made available through the Affordable Care Act. We learn […]

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Preparing for the Clean Power Plan: Monday’s Show (February 8, 2016)

Posted on · Texas and West Virginia are leading more than two dozen states who are challenging President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which establishes standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last month denied a request from Texas and other states to […]