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Texas activists make abortion advocacy push ahead of the midterm elections

| Oct 26, 2022 | Texas

Early voting in the November midterm elections began in Texas on Monday. Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA Fund), one of the litigants in a high-profile lawsuit against the state’s abortion ban, took to social media to remind Texans to cast their ballots early.   Today is the first day of early...[ Read More ]

Survey shows Texas businesses want action on lowering health care costs

| Oct 21, 2022 | Texas

The Texas Association of Business (TAB) announced the results of a statewide poll last week that found over 85% of businesses surveyed were opposed to any legislation that would raise the cost of employer-sponsored health care coverage and supported laws that require providers to publicly disclose prices.      According...[ Read More ]

New report finds North Texas hospitals contributed $38.4 billion to the region’s economy

| Oct 19, 2022 | Texas

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) published a report Monday that shows health care contributed $38.4 billion to the North Texas economy in FY 2022, a 25% increase from 5 years prior.      The ‘Economic Impact of the Member Hospitals of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council on the State...[ Read More ]

Survey finds majority of Texans believe more state funding for social determinants of health is needed

| Oct 19, 2022 | Texas

According to the results of a new state survey, 56% of Texans say health insurance should cover non-medical factors such as access to food and housing.      A majority (65%) of respondents also said more state funding to address these factors, often referred to as social determinants of health...[ Read More ]

TMA issues new legal challenge on surprise medical billing arbitration

| Oct 18, 2022 | Texas

The Texas Medical Association filed its second lawsuit in less than a year against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last month over federal policies on surprise billing.     The latest suit alleges that the recently released final rules in the government’s arbitration process between providers...[ Read More ]

Texas experiencing delays processing Medicaid renewals due to staffing shortages

| Oct 14, 2022 | Texas

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter testified to the earlier this month that the state’s shortage of professionals responsible for processing Medicaid and other public benefits has caused delays.      He said the state had 400 staff vacancies that have led to failures...[ Read More ]