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Political policy should not be public health policy

| Jan 11, 2018 | Texas

Lawmakers’ promises they’ll soon renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are of little comfort to millions of children in the U.S. It is January 11, 2018, and nine million children are still in limbo because Congress will not reauthorize the health Insurance program. The wait has been an agonizingly...[ Read More ]

DFW Hospital Council raises concerns about Graham-Cassidy

| Sep 18, 2017 | Texas

There is much speculation regarding the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill introduced last week. We expect a vote in Washington the week of September 25th.  We still do not have a Congressional Budget Office ( CBO ) score, but it appears a significant loss in coverage. The CBO said it may be several...[ Read More ]

An unscientific poll

| May 4, 2017 | Texas

This morning I had the pleasure to speak to a retirement community home as their breakfast speaker. About 55 residents were there and I was explaining why hospitals were against the American Health Care Act even with the Amendments. Many of the people were very conservative and asked excellent questions...[ Read More ]

Column: AHCA could ravage funding for Medicaid in Texas

| Mar 22, 2017 | Texas

On Thursday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the AHCA would end the enhanced Medicaid federal funding for future expansion populations, beginning in 2020, and transition the...[ Read More ]

Kaiser poll has interesting numbers on the ACA

| Feb 28, 2017 | Texas

The latest Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll conducted February 13-19 has some fascinating key findings. The findings include: • Attitudes towards the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have shifted with a larger share of 48 percent reporting a favorable opinion towards the law than reporting unfavorable (42 percent). This is...[ Read More ]

Column: Guiding Principles for a Bipartisan Bill

| Feb 21, 2017 | Texas

We continue to hear sporadic news from Washington, D.C. regarding the Affordable Care Act. “Repeal and Replace,” “Repeal and Restore,” “Repeal and Repair,” “Don’t End but Mend”–the slogans are many. Hopefully, our country’s leadership will garner bipartisan support to craft a fair and equitable bill to help all American residents....[ Read More ]

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