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Planned Parenthood Dropped from Medicaid: Tuesday’s Show (October 20, 2015)

Posted on · The State of Texas is removing Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program, leaving the state’s low-income women on Medicaid unable to seek medical services there unrelated to abortion, including cervical cancer screenings and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The move comes in reaction to undercover videos released by the anti-abortion group The Center for Medical Progress, […]

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Will Medicaid Cuts Force Some Agencies to Cuts Services?

Posted on · Last session, state lawmakers cut millions in Medicaid funding to home health agencies and outpatient clinics providing what are known as acute care therapy programs, like physical and speech therapy. The reason? To match payments in other states and through private insurers. Therapy providers, however, believe the cuts (reports estimate anywhere from $200-350 million, perhaps […]

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HISD Enrollment Caps and Historic Preservation: Monday’s Show (August 17, 2015)

Posted on · The first day of school for Houston Independent School District students is just a week away. Yet, some parents with elementary-age children in the district are confronting some uncertainty as to where their child will be going for the rest of the school year. That’s because HISD is cracking down on class sizes in K-4 […]

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Medicare and Medicaid: Past, Present and Future in Texas

Posted on · Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 years old today. It was on this date in 1965 that then President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Amendments to the Social Security Act, which established these two federal health programs. We discuss the legacy of Medicare and Medicaid for Houstonians with Helen Valier, a medical historian at the University of Houston. […]

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Medicare, Medicaid, Mattresses, and MacBeth: Thursday’s show (July 30, 2015)

Posted on · Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 years old today. It was on this date in 1965 that then President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Amendments to the Social Security Act, which established these two federal health programs. We discuss the legacy of Medicare and Medicaid for Houstonians with Helen Valier, a medical historian at the University of Houston. […]

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Texas Legislature Again Says No To Medicaid Reform But Agrees To Spend More On Other Health Problems

Posted on · For the second time in two years, Texas lawmakers decided against expanding Medicaid to low-income uninsured adults. But the legislature did approve additional spending on some other critical health issues, including mental health programs, rural and safety-net hospitals, and medical residency programs that train future doctors.

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What Are the Big Issues at the Legislature in Education, Healthcare, Transportation and the Environment?

Posted on · The 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature enters its fourth week today. Over the last week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 reporters have been examining some of the key issues lawmakers may consider this session. On this edition of Houston Matters, we present reports from a few of them, examining proposed bills involving education, health […]

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State Task Force Offers Recommendations on Improving Healthcare System

Posted on · A group that reports on healthcare in the state is calling for the creation of a plan that would cover the estimated one million low-income, uninsured Texans. That’s one of several recommendations the Code Red Task Force published in a report earlier this month. Steve Murdock chairs the task force. He’s also professor of sociology […]