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Employer groups call on Congress to ensure quality, affordable health care

Emily Boerger | May 21, 2020 | California, Colorado, Texas

Report: Texas is headed for a post-pandemic insurance crisis.

Michael Goldberg | May 19, 2020 | Texas

Texas awards STAR Kids Medicaid contract to Aetna Better Health

Michael Goldberg | May 14, 2020 | Texas

CVS Health Corp. announced recently that its Aetna Better Health plan was awarded a Texas STAR Kids Medicaid managed care contract by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The contract covers 7,500 members in the seven-county Dallas service area and runs from September 1, 2020, through August 31,...[ Read More ]

Banning: Jobs report on health care

| May 12, 2020 | Texas

I’ve been trying to digest what the release of April unemployment numbers on Friday mean for health care. Nonfarm payrolls fell by 20.5 million and the unemployment rate rose to 14.7%.     However, the “real” unemployment rate, which includes workers not looking for jobs and the unemployed, surged to...[ Read More ]

Banning: How health insurers can be heroes

| May 11, 2020 | Texas

There are few things that make my blood boil like the hypocrisy we continue to see from the health insurance industry. It has been well documented that medical services, elective procedures, emergency room use and hospitalizations have dramatically declined, yet health insurers continue to collect overpriced premiums from employers and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Q&A w/Dr. Diana L. Fite, Contact tracing, John Henderson

| May 8, 2020 | Texas

This is hard. Staying at home is hard. Distance learning is hard. Watching businesses collapse is hard. Watching loved ones get sick is hard. None of this is easy. We are going through a collective trauma together. It'll reshape our society, our commerce and our politics. But, right now, when we're...[ Read More ]

A Marshall Plan for primary care, public health

, | May 8, 2020 | Federal, Texas

Following the devastation of World War II, the United States enacted the Marshall Plan to rebuild a heavily damaged Europe. Our war against this novel coronavirus is far from over, but it is already wreaking havoc on the nation’s primary care workforce. Our frontline health care providers are putting themselves...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Texas Medical Association President Dr. Diana L. Fite

Michael Goldberg | May 7, 2020 | Texas

Dr. Diana L. Fite was sworn in as the 155th president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) – America’s largest state medical society – last week. An emergency medicine physician with over 40 years of experience practicing, Dr. Fite begins her term in a time when emergency medicine is one...[ Read More ]

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