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What They're Watching: Hon. Carl Islett

Kylie Walsh | Jun 27, 2017 | Texas

Cornyn Statement on Senate GOP health care reform plan

| Jun 23, 2017 | Texas

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of legislation to replace the failed Affordable Care Act (ACA) After years of debate, hearings, and stories from folks harmed by Obamacare, today is a critical step towards delivering on our promise to provide...[ Read More ]

Sen. Cruz: We must deliver on our promise to repeal Obamacare and lower healthcare costs

| Jun 22, 2017 | Texas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding the Better Care Reconciliation Act, introduced today by the U.S. Senate: Four months ago, I joined with a group of five other senators with very different perspectives on health care policy - representative of the full spectrum of the Republican...[ Read More ]

A run-down of bills vetoed by Governor Abbott

| Jun 20, 2017 | Texas

Governor Abbott has vetoed 50 bills passed during the 85th Legislative Session, including several related to health care. This is the highest number of bills vetoed by a Texas governor since 2007, when Governor Perry vetoed 56 bills. Governor Abbott vetoed Senate Bill 670, which would have changed the position...[ Read More ]

vitaTrackr announces Jarett Rodriguez as Chief Operating Officer

| Jun 19, 2017 | Texas

vitaTrackr has successfully recruited Jarett Rodriguez as the company’s chief operating officer. Among a number of operational duties, Rodriguez will spearhead implementation of Connected Health Austin, a community-based initiative to establish and prove the nation’s first fully connected, interoperable and consumer controlled health data infrastructure. Brian Baum, CEO of vitaTrackr...[ Read More ]

Texas state budget shows Health and Human Services restructuring

| Jun 15, 2017 | Texas

Governor Abbott signed the $217 billion 2018-2019 state budget into law earlier this week. The governor vetoed approximately $120 million in spending, mostly in environmental programs. Health and Human Services received approximately $79.5 billion for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, or about a 3 percent increase from 2015’s budget of...[ Read More ]

Study finds healthcare has grown into the second largest sector in North Texas

| Jun 8, 2017 | Texas

Based on employment and earnings, healthcare has grown into the second largest sector in North Texas, according to a report released today by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC). The economic impact of the 90 DFWHC-member hospitals on the North Texas economy is $18.4 billion in labor income, a $4.4...[ Read More ]