December 9, 2013 4:32 pm
Pumps, Pipes, Valves and Nozzles: Houston Engineers Gather For Annual Cross-Industry Tech Swap
Experts from Houston's three major industries — energy, medicine and NASA — gathered today at Houston Methodist Hospital to swap ideas about technology. The popular conference, called Pumps & Pipes, is now in its seventh year.
December 2, 2013 5:15 pm
Houston Commemorates Progress And Loss During World AIDS Day
Houston commemorated World AIDS Day with a bittersweet celebration at the Thomas Street Health Center, the county's HIV clinic just north of downtown.
November 29, 2013 2:14 pm
One In Eight Texas Kids Lack Health Insurance
Texas still ranks at the top when it comes to the number of children without health insurance. According to a new study, the number of uninsured children recently dropped by two percent, but Texas kids are still more likely to be uninsured than the national average.
November 26, 2013 5:00 pm
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Praises Houston For Promoting Health Law
While the nation prepares for Thanksgiving, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took a moment to thank local and state officials who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act — despite a problematic web site and resistant Republicans in many states, including Texas.
November 21, 2013 5:22 pm
Analysis Of 'Cancelled' Plans Under Health Law Shows Who Exactly Affected
Reports about insurance companies withdrawing health policies that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act have aroused passions on both sides of the political aisle. A new analysis tries to put that phenomenon in perspective.
November 18, 2013 12:59 pm
Houstonians Confused About Twists And Turns Of Affordable Care Act
The final phase of the Affordable Care Act has been anything but smooth, starting with the failure of the federal insurance website when it debuted October first. And the confusion only increased this week with a surprise announcement from President Obama.
November 14, 2013 4:35 pm
Texas Policy Holders Might Not Be Affected By New Obamacare Change
The Obama Administration is changing the Affordable Care Act. The change may allow insurance companies to restore some cancelled plans for people who buy their own individual health policies. But will they in Texas, where the situation is a little different?
November 14, 2013 6:30 am
The Story Of Dengue: A Closer Look At A Re-Emerging Virus In Houston
Recently scientists determined that the tropical virus known as dengue has been circulating in Houston. Dengue is a serious illness worldwide, it's transmitted by mosquito bite, and there's no treatment or vaccine. Recently local scientists found it in stored blood samples in a Houston lab. But what does that mean for Houstonians today?
November 13, 2013 5:09 pm
Fewer Than 3,000 Texans Enroll During First Month Of Obamacare Marketplace
Federal health officials have announced how many people so far have picked a new health plan under the Affordable Care Act. The numbers capture people who applied on paper and through the troubled website Healthcare.gov. How did uninsured Texans fared during the first month of enrollment?
November 7, 2013 5:43 pm
Obamacare 'Navigators' In Political Tug Of War In Texas
Texas officials are calling for more state regulation of federal contract workers who are on the ground promoting the Affordable Care Act. The existence of these workers, known as healthcare 'navigators,' has become politicized.
November 5, 2013 5:20 pm
Rice Creates New Department To Highlight Nanotech Revolution
Rice University has established a new department to emphasize its prominence in the field of materials science and nano-technology.
November 4, 2013 4:49 pm
Texas Abortion Fight Goes To US Supreme Court
Abortion rights groups in Texas have made an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The coalition is trying to reverse the requirement that abortion doctors get hospital admitting privileges.
November 1, 2013 3:59 pm
Texas Abortion Law Undergoes Another Reversal This Week
The controversial Texas abortion law has undergone another reversal. Three days after a judge blocked part of the law, an appeals court reversed the block.
October 31, 2013 4:16 pm
Research Money Will Flow Again From State Fund To MD Anderson
The state agency that funds cancer research is back in business, after a wave of scandals and investigations. It now has the power to once again award taxpayer-funded grants. Scientists at MD Anderson Cancer Center are thrilled.
October 28, 2013 5:13 pm
Judge Strikes Down Part Of New Texas Abortion Law
A federal judge has blocked part of a new Texas law governing abortion providers. The law passed this summer after state Sen. Wendy Davis's filibuster.
October 17, 2013 5:42 pm
Dengue in Houston: What You Need To Know
Scientists have determined that dengue fever has popped up in the Houston area. Dengue is a dangerous tropical virus carried by mosquitoes. It's the first time it's been identified in a major U.S. city.
October 14, 2013 5:30 am
New Science Leads To More Vaccine Options This Flu Season
Flu season is officially here, with new options and developments in vaccines. Because last winter's flu outbreak was particularly severe, infectious disease experts are urging people to get immunized.
October 10, 2013 3:45 pm
Texas' Biggest Health Insurer Offers Obamacare Plans And Free Health Fair
The government's new website for the uninsured, HealthCare.gov, continues to be plagued with problems. But health groups are still out there promoting the law, like the state's largest insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield.
October 9, 2013 10:09 am
Federal Nutrition And Welfare Programs Continue For Now, But Time Is Running Out
State and local health officials say the federal government shutdown has not severely impacted their work — yet. But funding for critical programs like food stamps is almost gone, and flu season has just begun.
October 4, 2013 2:16 pm
City Pushes Ahead With Obamacare Rollout, Despite Bumps In The Road
It's been three days since the federal government launched Healthcare.gov, a new website where uninsured people can shop for subsidized health plans. But the website has been so overwhelmed that it's virtually frozen. Still, that hasn't stopped the enthusiasm — or activities — of health advocates who are spreading the word around Houston.
October 2, 2013 1:03 pm
How Many Houston-Area People Are Uninsured? Get the Facts for Harris and 12 Other Counties
In our area, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and estimates of the number of people that will potentially be impacted, the following table includes the estimated number of people in our Region by County:
October 1, 2013 5:37 pm
Despite Delays, Houstonians Optimistic About New Obamacare Website
Today was a historic day in healthcare, the first day uninsured people could sign up for new health plans under the Affordable Care Act. At least, in theory. Houstonians were confronted by a slow and overburdened federal website. Still, Obamacare supporters say a few technical hiccups won’t stop the enrollment effort.
September 30, 2013 3:27 pm
Federal Official: Houston is Ready for Tuesday's Obamacare Launch
The city of Houston is bracing for the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace tomorrow. The marketplace is essentially a website where the uninsured can shop for health plans, and it's a key part of the Affordable Care Act.
September 27, 2013 4:41 pm
MD Anderson Expands To New Jersey
MD Anderson has finalized plans to expand to New Jersey, where it will compete for cancers patients in the South Jersey and the Philadelphia area. The cancer center will partner with Cooper University Hospital.
September 26, 2013 3:40 pm
Harris County's Public Hospitals and Clinics Will Help In Obamacare Enrollment Effort
All across Houston, local health groups are gearing up for Tuesday. That's when uninsured Texans can start enrolling in new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. One of the biggest players is Harris Health, the county's publicly funded health system.
September 25, 2013 4:55 pm
Average Prices for New Obamacare Health Plans Revealed
The insurance marketplaces that are a key part of Obamacare don't go on-line until Tuesday. But the federal government gave the public a sneak peek of what the insurance plans could actually cost. The average premiums in Texas are slightly less than in other states, but that doesn't mean uninsured people will actually enroll.
September 21, 2013 6:00 am
Watson Responds To Perry's Move To Regulate Insurance Navigators
In a letter Thursday, state Sen.Kirk Watson, D-Austin, says Gov. Rick Perry's move to establish strict rules for so-called health insurance navigators defies the intent of a law legislators passed this year.
September 20, 2013 4:23 pm
11 Days Before Final Phase of Law Begins, Obamacare Supporters Remain Positive
A new report on uninsured Texans reveals that 2.6 million of them will be able to buy subsidized health plans under Obamacare. Proponents of the law are still enthusiastic about the final phase, despite some negative messages from Texas politicians.
September 18, 2013 4:38 pm
Houston Methodist Will Add Two Catholic Hospitals To Its System
Houston Methodist Hospital is absorbing two catholic hospitals into its system — a CHRISTUS hospital in the Clear Lake area and another one in Katy.
September 16, 2013 4:41 pm
St. Luke's And Texas Heart Institute Renew Vows For $220 Million
The Texas Heart Institute has resolved its disagreements with the new owners of St. Luke's Hospital, dropping a lawsuit that sought to unwind the historic partnership. The new agreement means more money for the Texas Heart Institute.