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.
September 13, 2013 5:30 pm
Texas Heart Institute Partners with A&M Vet School On Stem Cell Therapies
The Texas Heart Institute in the Medical Center is now partnering with the veterinarian school at Texas A&M. The two institutions will share a $3 million dollar award from Governor Rick Perry’s emerging technology fund. The research will benefit both humans and animals.
September 11, 2013 4:21 pm
Groups Get Ready To Find Uninsured In Houston And Enroll Them in Obamacare Plans
The federal government is pouring more than $10 million dollars into the state of Texas to get uninsured people to participate in the affordable care act, also called Obamacare. Look at where the money went and how the grassroots effort will play out across Houston.
September 9, 2013 5:21 pm
First Federally-Funded Anti-Smoking Campaign Encouraged Quitting, Study Shows
A bold campaign by the federal government to advertise the dangers of smoking appears to have paid off. A study reveals that the three-month national advertising campaign led 200,000 smokers to quit immediately.
September 9, 2013 5:50 am
Many Questions And Doubts Remain About Next Phase Of 'Obamacare'
The final phase of the Affordable Care Act begins October first. That's when uninsured Texans can go online and start shopping for affordable health plans. But Governor Rick Perry opposes the law, so the state has done nothing to publicize the plans. But other officials are trying to spread the word.
September 3, 2013 8:20 pm
NASA Planes Will Fly Houston Skies On Pollution-Data Mission
NASA is launching two research airplanes tomorrow from Ellington Field. The planes will spend a month flying over the Houston region and measuring air pollution to fill in critical data gaps.
September 2, 2013 4:25 pm
Lack of Research On E-Cigarettes A Big Concern For Anti-Smoking Advocates
In the past few years, the federal government has cracked down on the sale and advertising of cigarettes. But it doesn't have the same control over so-called electronic cigarettes. Their use is booming.
August 28, 2013 4:41 pm
Houston Insurance Agents Brace For Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act will require millions of uninsured Texans to obtain health coverage in 2014. Ostensibly, they’ll be able to shop for plans on-line, starting October first. But traditional insurance agents have their doubts it will work so smoothly.
August 23, 2013 4:55 pm
More Obamacare Benefits for Women Coming in 2014
Women's health services in Texas have been squeezed in recent years, with funding for women's clinics cut, and dozens of them closing. But now advocates say Texas women can find hope in the Affordable Care Act.
August 21, 2013 5:06 pm
Texas Children's Hospital Goes To Court Over Medicaid Cutback
Texas Children's Hospital has filed a lawsuit over how it's being reimbursed by the government for sick children. The hospital could lose almost $30 million dollars in just one year.
August 20, 2013 3:00 pm
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Wants To Defund Obamacare As Part Of Federal Budget Battle
While the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services was visiting Houston to promote the affordable care act, Texas Senator Ted Cruz was also touring the Houston region — to attack the law.
August 19, 2013 4:53 pm
Sebelius Visits With Houston Leaders And Touts Obamacare Benefits For Uninsured Young Adults
The U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, visited Houston today to promote Obamacare. She wants all uninsured Texans, but young adults especially, to sign up for health insurance under the law.
August 9, 2013 5:44 pm
Houston Scientist Joins Call For More Research And Regulation Of Caffeinated 'Energy Drinks'
The Institute of Medicine held a conference this week on the health hazards of caffeinated energy drinks – and food products with added caffeine.
August 7, 2013 5:04 pm
Texas Now Leads 16 States In Cyclospora Outbreak; Local Cases Confirmed
An outbreak of a stomach parasite has now spread to 16 states. Texas now has the most confirmed cases of cyclospora, including a few cases locally.
August 6, 2013 3:13 pm
President George W. Bush's Stent Procedure Explained
Former president George W. Bush had a stent inserted into an artery in his heart this morning. The procedure was performed at a hospital in Dallas.
August 5, 2013 5:21 pm
Two Months Before Obamacare Milestone, Houston Activist Group Gets Ready
A new report reveals that 22 Texas counties are among the worst places to live in the country when it comes to health insurance and health problems. The report comes at a crucial time for those who want to promote Obamacare.
August 2, 2013 6:31 pm
Owner Of Troubled Psychiatric Hospital In Southwest Houston Pleas For More Time And Money To Avoid Bankruptcy Closure
A psychiatric hospital in southwest Houston with a troubled past could be shut down as soon as Monday. The owner of Westbury Hospital spent today pleading for more time and money from the federal government.
July 29, 2013 4:45 pm
New Recommendation: Older, Heavy Smokers Should Get Annual CT Scans, But Who Will Pay?
A national advisory group is recommending that heavy smokers of a certain age should get annual CT scans to check for lung cancer. The recommendation also applies to some people who used to smoke a lot, but then quit. But who should get the screening, and who will pay for it?
July 29, 2013 6:00 am
Bridging The Digital Divide For People Who Are Deaf And Blind
Many of us know about Helen Keller, who was both deaf and blind and yet went on to become a famous author and activist. Keller led the way for many deaf-blind people in the 20th century, and now the effort continues with a federal program to help deaf-blind people navigate the digital age.
July 25, 2013 4:05 pm
Stomach Parasite Spreads To 11 States, Including Texas
The federal government reports an outbreak of an infectious stomach parasite continues to spread. It's now in eleven states, including here in Texas.