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New EHF statewide poll shows uninsured Texans face far more difficult battle to access and afford basic medical care

| May 5, 2021 | Texas

Nearly half of all Texans say it’s difficult for them to pay for health care and 53% say they’ve skipped or postponed medical care because of cost. But Texans without health insurance face much more difficulty affording medical care and are far more likely to skip going to the doctor....[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Q&A w/Rep. Howard, Health in the budget, Impacts of Medicaid waiver rescission

| May 5, 2021 | Texas

Emily Boerger and Eli Kirshbaum collaborated to break the story on the CMS nullification of Texas's 1115 waiver extension. We had some great reporting there, which we feature below. We also tracked some big moments in the House as they thought about debating Medicaid expansion via a budget amendment. Or,...[ Read More ]

Texas House approves plan to create Office for Health Equity

| May 4, 2021 | Texas

Representative Garnet Coleman’s bill to establish an Office for Health Equity in the state of Texas passed the House with an 86-56 vote on Tuesday. SB 4139 -- co-sponsored by three other Democratic House members -- would create the office in order to promote equitable health outcomes for minority communities...[ Read More ]

Health funding in Texas's developing FY 2022-2023 budget

| May 4, 2021 | Texas

The in-progress $246 billion Texas state budget for FY 2022-2023 contains a total of $87.2 billion in Article II funding -- funding for health and human services. Along with several other agencies, this includes funding for the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) ($80.2 billion) and the Department of State...[ Read More ]

Legislative update on Texas House Health Care Package

| Apr 30, 2021 | Texas

Earlier this month, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan -- speaking on behalf of a bipartisan group of the chamber’s lawmakers -- announced the “Healthy Families, Healthy Texas” package of bills that aim to increase health care access for in-need Texans.  While the initiative has been widely praised by organizations including...[ Read More ]

Anti-trans bills continue to progress through Texas Legislature

| Apr 29, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Senate passed a bill that would classify gender confirmation surgeries as child abuse on Wednesday -- the most recent step in a continuing wave of support from the state’s majority party for anti-transgender laws this session. Sponsored by over a dozen Senate Republicans, SB 1646 now awaits deliberation...[ Read More ]

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