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What They're Watching: Bob Kalin, Molina Healthcare

Emily Boerger | Dec 10, 2018 | Texas

House Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse releases policy recommendations

Emily Boerger | Dec 7, 2018 | Texas

Last week, the House Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse released its committee report outlining policy recommendations for the 86th Texas Legislature. The 13-member committee was charged with studying the impact and prevalence of substance use in Texas, reviewing policies and programs to reduce substance abuse, and delivering best-practice...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Pre-filed bills, Rep. John Zerwas, vaccine legislation

| Nov 14, 2018 | Texas

The legislature still doesn't start for two months, but things are already moving.  Pre-filed legislation is out, as are rider reports from the last session budget.  There is even a comical faux Twitter account for projected-to-be-new Speaker Dennis Bonnen. With things afoot in Austin, we're also gearing up for our 2019 Texas State...[ Read More ]

Pre-filed bills out for Texas legislature

DJ Wilson | Nov 13, 2018 | Texas

This week marks the first release of legislation filed by members ahead of the 2019 legislative session.  In the first two days, there were already 45 bills related to health and health care submitted for review. Some of those bills are relatively straight forward and more administrative in nature. For example,...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Representative John Zerwas, MD

Marjie High | Nov 12, 2018 | Texas

Representative John Zerwas, MD was the Chairman of the Texas House Appropriations Committee for the 2017-2018 biennium and a is a practicing physician. He joins us for this edition of "What They're Watching" to talk about value based care. We’re still very much a “sick care” sort of mentality in terms...[ Read More ]

SHCC submits update to 2017-2022 Texas State Health Plan

Emily Boerger | Nov 9, 2018 | Texas

In a November report to Governor Abbott, the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) submitted its 2019-2020 update to the Texas State Health Plan. The November update builds on the 2017-2022 Texas State Health Plan which focuses largely on supporting primary and mental health care in the state. The purpose...[ Read More ]

Analysis shows variation in health care prices across Texas

Emily Boerger | Nov 1, 2018 | Texas

The Health Care Cost Institute’s (HCCI) new Healthy Marketplace Index reveals wide disparities in health care prices across the country. The analysis evaluated 1.78 billion commercial claims in 112 metro areas across the United States to compare the average prices paid for specific health care services. The commercial claims evaluated were from 2012-2016....[ Read More ]