In Texas there are about a dozen different insurance companies participating in the marketplace, selling roughly 100 plans across the state. As the Texas Medical Association points out though, some areas of the state, especially rural areas, have fewer insurance options than others.
Monthly Archives: October 2013
While everyone is busy watching U.S. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius try and pick up the pieces of the train wreck that’s been the Obamacare rollout, the real problems with health care reform in Texas are going unnoticed. That’s what the Texas Hospital Association argues its most recent press release.
More than 20,000 people rely on the state run Texas Health Insurance Pool. The pool insures folks with pre-existing health conditions who can’t find coverage elsewhere. In a few months, that risk pool will no longer exist. And at least one North Texas family is celebrating.
Tarrant County still leads the state in the number of whooping cough cases this year: 562 to date. But Tarrant Public Health director Lou Brewer says there is good news: not as many children and adults are getting sick. Read More
What does the health care marketplace have in common with the Dewey Decimal Classification System? First, they both can seem extremely confusing. Second, the library is the place to go for answers.
Certified marketplace navigators from the Community Council of Greater Dallas will be available at select Dallas Public Library branches to provide information on signing up for health care through the Healthcare Marketplace.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Numerous stories on the subject mostly focus on women. Men also get breast cancer, but their lack of awareness about that often has serious consequences. Dr. Roshni Rao of UT Southwestern Medical Center talked (with KERA’s Sam Baker) about male breast cancer in this installment of Vital Signs.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is visiting Austin and San Antonio today to promote the federal health care overhaul.
Sebelius will meet with Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
A statement from her office says Sebelius will highlight the ways Texans can learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Critics are calling for Sebelius to resign because the federal website designed to help people buy health insurance is still not working more than three weeks after it launched.
The online health insurance exchange is supposed to allow the uninsured buy affordable health insurance and in many cases receive government subsidies.
President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to purchase health insurance. The White House recently extended the deadline.
“The majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for and do not want this program to work in the first place,” Sebelius said in Phoenix during a visit to a health center. “I have had frequent conversations with the president and I’ve admitted to him that my role is to get the program up and running and we will do just that.”
In September, Sebelius visited Dallas to discuss the health care overhaul.
These jack-o’-lantern scraps are the healthiest part of the whole pumpkin. Pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, pack in a serious dose of magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamin E and vitamin K. Here are some creative ways to make them part of your meal.
Under the Affordable Care Act, nearly everyone will be required to have health insurance. If they don’t, they’ll have to pay the federal government a tax penalty.
But it turns out this is a case where there are deadlines, and then there are hard deadlines.
Be Covered Texas, a statewide education and outreach initiative sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, will be hosting a free community health event Oct. 26 at the Dallas Convention Center Arena. The fair, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will provide educational information on the Affordable Care Act, free flue shots and other activities.