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Texas Republican legislators discuss vaccines, Medicaid, and more

| Oct 12, 2021 | Texas

At the 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference, Reps. Stephanie Klick, James Frank, and Jacey Jetton discussed their health policy priorities from the most recent legislative session and what they have been focusing on in the interim and during the special sessions. Below is an overview of...[ Read More ]

Update from HHSC: SDPs, enhanced Medicaid funding, and federal financial support

| Oct 12, 2021 | Texas

Safety net funding, the allocation of federal dollars, COVID-19’s impact on Medicaid -- a panel of experts from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) discussed all of this and more at last month’s 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference.  Stephanie Stephens, HHSC’s Medicaid director, Sonja...[ Read More ]

TMA President calls on legislature to improve health care coverage along southern border

| Oct 8, 2021 | Texas

Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Dr. Linda Villareal testified during a special meeting on border health care in the House Public and Behavioral Health Committee on Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to make increasing health care coverage in southern border communities a priority. “... While the economy of the border has...[ Read More ]

Video: Putting a business model around the social determinants of health

| Oct 7, 2021 | Texas

Most of the health care community acknowledges social determinants of health (SDOH) and the role they play in health outcomes. But how can organizations adopt a plan to address factors like housing, food insecurity, and family life in a financially sustainable way? In this video from our 2021 North Texas...[ Read More ]

Texas health leaders question sustainability of "traveler model" for nurse workforce

| Oct 7, 2021 | Texas

Adam Maurer, chief operating officer at OrthoLoneStar, believes workforce and staffing issues are the biggest post-pandemic challenges the Texas health care system faces. In particular, the state’s burnout-induced nurse shortage is threatening the health system’s capacity to care for patients as the Delta variant continues to spread. “It strikes me...[ Read More ]

Video: HHSC Comm. Cecile Young delivers Morning Keynote at North Texas Conference

| Sep 30, 2021 | Texas

We were honored to have the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Commissioner Cecile Young join us Thursday as the Morning Keynote at our 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Young spoke with State of Reform Host DJ Wilson about the future of Texas Medicaid, the...[ Read More ]

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