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Q&A with Sen. Kelly Hancock on balance billing legislation & Medicaid

| Feb 1, 2017 | Texas

State of Reform recently talked with Sen. Kelly Hancock about his legislation on balance billing, as well as Medicaid and other fiscal issues. This Q&A has been edited for clarity and length.  State of Reform: What's the problem you're trying to solve with your current balance billing legislation? Senator Kelly Hancock: It goes back to when...[ Read More ]

Q&A with Rep. Dustin Burrows on health care cost transparency

| Feb 1, 2017 | Texas

State of Reform recently talked with Rep. Dustin Burrows about this legislation on health care cost transparency, as well as related issues. The following Q&A has been edited for clarity and length.  State of Reform: You were planning on introducing legislation to make health care costs more transparent, what's the status of that work? Representative Dustin...[ Read More ]

Repeal and replace may not be what we think

| Feb 1, 2017 | Federal

Not many people are talking about it, but “repeal” and “replace” might be in more trouble than most observers realize. Recently leaked audio of a Republican retreat shows real divisions in the politics and policy of moving forward with massive changes to the ACA. On one hand, there is real...[ Read More ]

More big names join State of Reform lineup

| Jan 30, 2017 | Texas

The latest addition to the State of Reform Health Policy Conference agenda on February 8th in Austin are two big names in the world of Texas news media and public policy: Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor & Co-Founder of The Texas Tribune, and Charles Smith, Executive Commissioner, Texas Health & Humans Services Commission  ...[ Read More ]

Leading voices in Texas health care headline State of Reform

| Jan 23, 2017 | Texas

The Detailed Agenda for the 2017  Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference continues to take shape and now includes some of the most important voices in Texas health care policy. This February 8th event in Austin is now a can't miss event for Texans interested in the future of...[ Read More ]

What the Trump-ACA Executive Order Means

| Jan 22, 2017 | Federal

The biggest news for the ACA between the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency and the passage of whatever Congress passes as part of "repeal" of the ACA might be the executive order Trump signed on his first day in office. Quickly after the Friday evening order was signed...[ Read More ]