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5 Things Texas: Abortion trigger law, Topical Agenda, Virtual care growth

| Aug 11, 2022 | Texas

This month's newsletter includes information on Texas's soon-to-be-implemented abortion trigger law, the release of our Topical Agenda for the 2022 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference, and some insight on the growth of virtual care services. Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform 1. Post-Roe abortion law disputes emerge Texas's...[ Read More ]

UTSW scientists identify mechanism crucial for COVID-19 virus replication

| Aug 11, 2022 | Texas

Findings could lead to new strategies to treat COVID-19 infections   A team led by UT Southwestern researchers has identified how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, builds a structure called the RNA cap that’s critical for successful viral replication. The finding, published in Nature, could lead to new strategies to...[ Read More ]

Q&A: David A. Northern, Sr., President and CEO of Houston Housing Authority, on the organization’s work to address the city’s affordable housing crisis

| Aug 11, 2022 | Texas

The Houston Housing Authority (HHA) was recently featured in the New York Times for its efforts in Houston that have provided housing to thousands of homeless individuals. Their work is being hailed as a model for addressing the nation’s affordable housing crisis. The Houston Housing Authority is committed to providing...[ Read More ]

Texas’s application for extending postpartum Medicaid coverage to 6 months remains under CMS review

| Aug 10, 2022 | Texas

Last week CMS indicated that Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) application to extend Medicaid coverage for new mothers from 2 to 6 months would not be approved in its current form.      HHSC said on Thursday that CMS informed them that the application would not be approved...[ Read More ]

Travis County Commissioners Court approves more thorough performance audit for Central Health in response to allegations of insufficiency

| Aug 8, 2022 | Texas

The Travis County Commissioners Court (TCCC) voted unanimously last Tuesday to conduct a more thorough third-party performance audit of Central Health (CH) after a previously planned audit was deemed to be too lax. A performance audit approved by the TCCC in late July—in response to a report raising concerns about...[ Read More ]

Texas initiates grant application process to invest $20 million in ARPA funds to build health centers in underserved communities 

| Aug 4, 2022 | Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has opened grant application submissions for its Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Incubator Program. The program grants will aid eligible nonprofit and public health care providers in expanding services to underserved and uninsured Texans. “Supporting people’s access to quality health care is...[ Read More ]