Obamacare Odysseys

Promise of Affordable Care Act Falls Short for Harris Health

Posted on · Harris Health, the county's public hospital and clinic system, has long been the safety net for the uninsured. But this year some of those patients had a choice: continue to get care at Harris Health (and pay a tax penalty for being uninsured), or sign up for private insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Most stuck with the safety net. Health educator Denise LaRue says lots of patients were unfamiliar with health insurance and didn't see the benefit of paying premiums, deductibles and co-pays.

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Buffalo Bayou Restoration and Liver Cancer Research: Houston Matters for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Posted on · Houston residents have until the end of this month to submit public comments on a plan to eliminate vegetation and trees along the banks of a one-and-a-half-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou running from the southeast corner of Memorial Park to the eastern edge of River Oaks Country Club. The Harris County Flood Control District says […]

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Teen Invents High-Tech Water Filter Using Nanotechnology

Posted on · We learn about Perry Alagappan, a 17-year-old junior at Clear Lake High School, who recently won the Best of Category Award in Environmental Sciences at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Alagappan’s project: he invented a filter that uses carbon nanotubes to remove toxic metals from water.

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New Report Says the Texas Mental Health System is in Crisis

Posted on · Last month, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which is tasked with identifying and eliminating inefficiencies in state government, released a critical report on the Texas Department of State Health Services. The report characterizes the state’s mental health hospital system as being “in crisis,” adding that “individuals waiting to enter the state mental health hospital system […]

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Medical Charities Help Houstonians Get the Care They Need

Posted on · Seeking medical care in Houston can be expensive, inside the hospital and out. Some organizations, including hospitals themselves, are offering affordable options for patients. Some hospitals offers financial assistance while outside organizations offer low-cost housing. We learn about some of those options and services in Greater Houston.

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Texas Power Plants Must Reduce Emissions by 39 Percent by 2030

Posted on · The Obama Administration has unveiled a new plan to reduce carbon emissions, which includes mandating that Texas power plants reduce their emissions by 39 percent by 2030. Houston Public Media’s energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling joins us to discuss what this mandate means and how the state’s power plants will hit that target over […]

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EPA Emissions Plan, Better Work Spaces & Texas Lighthouses: Houston Matters for Wed., June 4, 2014

Posted on · The Obama Administration this week announced new mandates for cutting carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel power plants and said that plants in Texas must cut their carbon emissions by 39 percent by 2030. Today on Houston Matters, we learn about the proposal from the EPA and what it would take for Texas to meet […]