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Judge rejects health law
The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 1, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A federal judge ruled that Congress violated the Constitution by requiring Americans to buy insurance as part of the health overhaul passed last year, and said the entire law "must be declared void." With his ruling, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson set up a clash over whether the Obama administration still has the authority to carry out the law designed to expand insurance to 32 million Americans. More

Texas politicians on health care ruling
KXAN-TV, Jan. 31, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several Texas politicians released statements Monday regarding the federal ruling against the president's health care reform, among them Attorney General Greg Abbott, Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Gov. Rick Perry. More

Are payment reform, Texas budget in conflict?
Texas Tribune, Feb. 2, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Call it a primary care conundrum. On one hand, lawmakers are crafting legislation to make health care more affordable and effective through a series of programs to reward doctors and health care providers who achieve the best medical outcomes. On the other, they're proposing meeting the state's budget crunch by slashing Medicaid provider rates and eliminating funding for family practice medical residents — the same workforce they're relying on to implement key parts of their reform. More

Local hospitals: We contribute billions to economy — don't cut Medicaid
The Dallas Morning News, Jan. 31, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Before state lawmakers cut Medicaid fees to local hospitals, the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council wants them to consider the billions they contribute to the local economy. According to a recent report, the salaries, wages and benefits paid to employees of 75 North Texas hospitals and related businesses infused $12.2 billion into the local economy last year, up 9 percent, or $1 billion, from 2008. More

Dems and GOP go tit-for-tat on health care premiums
The Hill Healthwatch Blog, Jan. 28, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Obama administration released a 13-page report that argues the health care reform law will save families and businesses thousands of dollars, prompting immediate criticism from the GOP. The report says "preliminary evidence suggests" that rate increases in 2011 will be lower than in recent years. In 2014, family policies in the exchanges could be as much as $2,300 less expensive than they would be without the law, and families could save even more thanks to tax credits and cost-sharing assistance. More

As state fights reform, some seek to impliment it
Texas Tribune, Jan. 31, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One House Republican wants to create the state health insurance exchange required by the federal health care reform law for fear the feds will do it for Texas. Another has filed a bill that would make his colleague's efforts — really, those of anyone trying to implement "Obamacare" in Texas — illegal. It is an uncomfortable balancing act: Republican lawmakers hate few things more (perhaps the Environmental Protection Agency) than the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which became law in March. But even as the state pursues a suit attacking the law's constitutionality, and Gov. Rick Perry and other top Republican politicians assault it with the relentless enthusiasm of 9-year-olds hitting a birthday piñata, some state officials are reluctantly laying the groundwork to implement parts of the law. More

Poor kids' docs receive at least ray of hope
The Dallas Morning News Trail Blazers Blog, Feb. 1, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Primary care doctors and physicians who are pediatric specialists received good news when state social services czar Tom Suehs said his top priority is avoiding additional cuts in their fees from Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. "I am very sensitive to access to care," Suehs said, referring to Texas doctors' declining level of participation in the two government health care programs for the poor. More

Pre-existing conditions may not be a big obstacle to getting health insurance
The Associated Press via Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jan. 28, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Without President Barack Obama's healthcare law, up to 129 million Americans — half of those under age 65 — could be denied health insurance or charged more because of a pre-existing medical condition, according to a new estimate by the Health and Human Services Department. The figure is more than twice as high as that used last year by supporters of the law. But it might need an asterisk. More

THCA: State budget cuts threaten nursing homes
Dallas Business Journal, Jan. 28, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Proposed state budget cuts would force nursing homes into bankruptcy and closure, displacing residents and sending hundreds of skilled health care workers to unemployment lines, the president of the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) warned this week. More

Texas Spine and Joint Hospital sues feds; waits to expand
KETK-TV, Feb. 1, 2011    Share    Share on
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One local private hospital is waiting for a final decision from a local district judge on whether or not they can continue with plans to expand. Texas Spine and Joint Hospital filed one of the first lawsuits against health care reform in June; now they hope after the recent ruling from a Florida judge that the new Health Care law is unconstitutional, this will give them leverage in their fight. The hospital was grandfathered in, but had already begun a multi-million dollar expansion project in Tyler, when the bill became law and the provisions stated no existing private hospitals owned by doctors could expand. More

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