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CMS approves Texas 1115 Waiver demonstration extension

Emily Boerger | Dec 29, 2017 | Texas

Politico reports House plans to announce $81 billion disaster aid package

Emily Boerger | Dec 18, 2017 | Texas

Politico is reporting that the House plans to unveil an $81 billion disaster aid package – the largest single funding request for natural disasters in the history of the United States. In November, the Office of Management and Budget released a $44 billion disaster relief funding proposal to aid Texas,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: 1115 waiver, CHIP funding, primary elections

| Dec 14, 2017 | Texas

We were excited to release our Topical Agenda last week for our 2018 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up on February 1st.  This year, we'll be at the newly constructed - and yet to open - AT&T Convention Center on the UT campus. If you haven't registered...[ Read More ]

Two things I know and two things I think I know about the reported Providence - Ascension merger

DJ Wilson | Dec 11, 2017 | Alaska, California, Oregon, Texas, Washington

Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Providence St. Josephs was in merger talks with Ascension.  This was among the most poorly kept secrets in west coast health care M&A activity of 2017. We first heard rumors about this deal over the summer.  We didn't report on it then because...[ Read More ]

Three months after Harvey, Texans reporting new mental and physical health challenges

Emily Boerger | Dec 11, 2017 | Texas

A new survey from Kaiser Family Foundation and Episcopal Health Foundation finds that three months after Hurricane Harvey, Texans impacted by the storm are still facing new mental and physical health challenges. The survey looked at residents from 24 Texas counties seriously impacted by the storm and evaluated both their...[ Read More ]

WSJ: Providence and Ascension in talks to merge

DJ Wilson | Dec 10, 2017 | Alaska, California, Oregon, Texas, Washington

The Wall Street Journal has posted a story today that Providence St. Joseph is in talks to merge with Ascension in a deal of two hospital giants that would total $44.8 billion. We've heard this rumor for about four months from multiple sources both in and out of Providence.  However,...[ Read More ]

Valdez and White join most crowded Democratic governor primary in decades

Emily Boerger | Dec 8, 2017 | Texas

With the deadline for filing fast approaching, two high-profile Democratic candidates announced their candidacy for governor this week. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez officially announced her candidacy on Wednesday and Andrew White, son of former Governor Mark White, announced Thursday. They join an unusually crowded group of at least six...[ Read More ]