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Governor Abbott appoints three to Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners

| Feb 11, 2021 | Texas

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Brian Brumley and Benny “Ben” Morris to the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. Additionally, the Governor appointed Jennifer Swords to the board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2025. The board...[ Read More ]

Dr. Chris Murray breaks down IHME's COVID-19 modeling process

| Feb 10, 2021 | Texas

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) was the first to predict the winter spike in cases that is currently rippling through the world. At the 2021 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference, the institute’s director Dr. Chris Murray spoke about how IHME’s modeling efforts are informed by...[ Read More ]

Texas health leaders weigh in on rising health care costs, mental health, health equity and more

| Feb 8, 2021 | Texas

Texans can expect to see telehealth expansion, health care cost reduction and changes to the public health infrastructure at the forefront of  health care leaders' priorities this year. Elena Marks, CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, Andy Keller, president and CEO of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Sen. Charles...[ Read More ]

Abbott's budget: vaccines, telehealth, preexisting conditions and more

| Feb 5, 2021 | Texas

Governor Greg Abbott released his budget proposal for 2022 to 2023 on Friday, which includes strong emphasis on vaccine access, the availability of telehealth services and ensuring health care access for Texans with pre-existing conditions.     "I truly believe that Texas will be able to meet its needs and...[ Read More ]

Experts discuss strategies to close Texas health care gap

Mansur Shaheen | Feb 5, 2021 | Texas

As one of the largest states in the U.S. in both landmass and population, filling the health care gaps in Texas can be a battle on multiple fronts. Legislators and lobbyists discussed the issue on Thursday during the Closing the Health Care Access Gap panel at the 2021 State of...[ Read More ]

Governor Abbott, TDEM deploy state mobile vaccine teams to five underserved counties this week

| Feb 4, 2021 | Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in partnership with the Texas Military Department (TMD), is deploying State Mobile Vaccination Teams to five additional underserved counties this week: Motley, Glasscock, Kenedy, Terrell, and McMullen. SMVTs previously deployed to DeWitt, Marion, Real, Sherman, and Starr...[ Read More ]

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