Affordable Care Act

Texas Insurers Could Send Out $160 Million In Rebates Next Year — Maybe

Posted on · Starting in 2012, health insurance plans in Texas may have to cough up millions of dollars in rebates to customers. The provision is part of the national health reform law, the Affordable Care Act. It will apply to health plans that spend too much on administrative costs instead of medical care. But state officials are quietly working behind the scenes to push back the requirement for a few years.

Affordable Care Act

A Texas-Sized Medicaid Deal

Posted on · The deal that federal regulators struck with Texas this week to expand managed care coverage for the poor allows both Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican presidential contender, and a Democratic White House to claim victory for their very different healthcare agendas.

Health & Science

Houston’s Health Worse Than Expected

Posted on · Call it the Houston health paradox: the glittering towers of the high-tech medical center sit just a few miles from neighborhoods burdened by illness. A new study of health breaks it down neighborhood by neighborhood, and reveals the problems are much worse than suspected.

Health & Science

Premature Birth Rates Still Too High

Posted on · In the United States, 1 in 8 babies is born prematurely, or earlier than 37 weeks. That's a higher rate than most other developed nations. Unfortunately, Texas has an even bigger problem with pre-term births than most other states.

Health & Science

New Vaccine Approach To Drug Abuse

Posted on · A local doctor who treats addicted veterans has received a large federal grant to develop a vaccine for methamphetamine addiction. The research builds on his work developing a vaccine for cocaine. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more on this new approach to drug abuse.

Health & Science

Lockheed Martin Provides Sneak Peek At Orion Crew Capsule

Posted on · Lockheed Martin rolled out its plan for testing and launching the astronaut vehicle that will replace the space shuttle. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel visited the test facility in Clear Lake. She found that although it looks like the Apollo capsule, Orion is packed with high-tech machines and long-distance ambitions.