Health Care

House Democratic Caucus Members Introduce “Affordable Health Care for Every Texan” Plan

Yesterday, Members of the House Democratic Caucus hosted press conferences across Texas in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio to introduce the “Affordable Health Care for Every Texan” plan. The plan is built on expanding Medicaid, ensuring year-round health care coverage for kids and increasing access to women’s health …

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HDC’s Health Care Work Group Discusses 2021 Priorities

On September 16, Representatives from the House Democratic Caucus’ Health Care Work Group hosted a live discussion on Facebook to share Caucus priorities for next session, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped those priorities. HDC Chair Chris Turner was joined by Representatives Garnet Coleman (Houston), John Bucy (Austin), Lina Ortega (El Paso), …

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Texas needs real solutions to solve major COVID problems.

Ever since COVID-19 hit Texas in March, our caucus has repeatedly called for data-driven policies informed by medical experts, and for a prioritization of the safety of all Texans over politics. By contrast, Governor Abbott and Texas Republicans have chosen an entirely different path — willfully ignoring the science, playing political games and refusing to …

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Update: health care and family separations at the border

The Dallas Morning News has published an incredible, heart-breaking series titled “Pain & Profit” that details how the state’s managed care system is failing Texas’ most fragile citizens. The key summary, from their report:   We reviewed more than 70,000 pages of documents, including patient medical records and material that state officials and the companies tried to keep secret. …

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Texas House votes to extend life of maternal mortality task force

Legislation that would extend the life of a state task force studying Texas’ high maternal morbidity rates was tentatively approved by the Texas House late Sunday night. Under Senate Bill 17, the state’s Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity would continue its work until 2023. The task force, launched by the Legislature in 2013, …

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Rep. Thierry Maternal Mortality Bill

Amid divisive issues, Texas lawmakers find unity in fighting pregnancy-related deaths

State Rep. Shawn Thierry told her House colleagues that she feared she would die when she gave birth, feeling as though her heart would “beat right out of me,” as she asked them to approve legislation Monday to extend and expand the role of a maternal mortality task force. “No woman who chooses to bear life in …

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To prevent maternal mortality, keep studying and take the Medicaid (Op-ed)

Failure to extend the state’s Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity is not an option. Texas’ maternal death rate nearly doubled from 2010 to 2014 and is third-world high. A proposal to extend the task force until 2023 is the one bill that must pass this special session of the Legislature, other than the so-called sunset …

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