Summit III Passes Bill to Reduce the Number of Uninsured

Participants in Texas Medical Association’s Healthy Vision 2010 Health Care Summit III, which included representatives of medicine, business, insurance, hospitals and other health care providers, and government approved a package of uninsurance recommendations for the 2007 Texas Legislature to consider.

Here is the text of “Summit Bill 2″ as finally passed by a committee chaired by State Rep. Carlos Uresti(D-San Antonio): (more…)

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Published in: on October 30, 2006 at 12:02 pm  Comments (2)  

Summit III Approves Wellness Bill

Participants in Texas Medical Association’s Healthy Vision 2010 Health Care Summit III, which included representatives of medicine, business, insurance, hospitals and other health care providers, and government approved a package of wellness recommendations for the 2007 Texas Legislature to consider.

Here is the text of “Summit Bill 1” as finally passed by a committee chaired by State Rep. Glenn Hegar Jr. (R-Katy): (more…)

Published in: on October 30, 2006 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

SanFran Thinks 80,000 Uninsured is a Lot

The city of San Francisco’s leaders have started work on a plan to offer comprehensive health care services to the city’s uninsured residents. The city by the bay enacted its “San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance” because of the pressure that 80,000 uninsured people were putting on the health care system, the economy, and their own health.

A column in today’s San Francisco Chronicle calls the ordinance sound public policy that will eventually create a model for the rest of the country.

What would San Francisco do if, like Houston, more than 1 million of its residents lacked health insurance? Better yet, what are Houston and the rest of Texas — the uninsured capital of the U.S. — doing about it? Texas Medical Association’s Healthy Vision 2010 recommends rapid action on a variety of fronts. And that’s one of the big topics that TMA’s Healthy Vision Health Care Summit II will tackle next month.

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Published in: on July 13, 2006 at 2:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Texas Still No. 1 … in Uninsured Adults

The latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found Texas once again topping the list of large states with nearly 25 percent of our adult population uninsured in 2005. The national average is 16 percent.

The bright spot: Texas dropped to No. 2, behind Florida, for uninsured children with 18 percent. The national average is 10 percent. The authors attribute a national drop in uninsured children to the success of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) across the country. We note, however, that Texas' crawl from the basement doesn't take into account the huge drop in the state's CHIP enrollment at the beginning of 2006.

Read the full report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Read the Dallas Morning News article on the report.

Published in: on June 22, 2006 at 2:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Heavy Babies

Under a headline reading, "Study urges starting child obesity battle before birth," today's Houston Chronicle reports on an Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine report that found that 1-in-5 3-year-old children are obese.

"Perhaps more disconcerting for Texas and its rapidly growing population of Latinos, the study found that Hispanic children were, by far, the heaviest group," the Chronicle reports.

The health costs of treating heavier children, who develop diabetes and heart problems at an earlier age, are higher than those for children of normal weights.

"This is a very worrisome problem for Texas," said Dr. Jane Lynch, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. "There appears to be a real correlation here between Hispanic children and obesity."

Read the full article.

Published in: on June 8, 2006 at 1:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Physician Shortage Threatens Access to Care

Texas is one of 12 states with a "looming doctor shortage" so severe it "threatens to create a national healthcare crisis by further limiting access to physicians, jeopardizing quality and accelerating cost increases," the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Read the LA Times story. (Note: There's no cost, but you will have to register on the Times site to read content there if you haven't already registered.)

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Published in: on June 6, 2006 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment