Tag Archives: Texas

At It Again: Texas Continues To Undercut Access To Reproductive Health Care

Texas and the Trump administration could set dangerous new precedents that could undermine family planning care in Medicaid programs nationwide.

July 18, 2017

Beyond “To Close Or Not To Close” Rural Hospitals

Financial pressures on rural hospitals are likely to continue, a foundation in Texas says. A new report suggests how rural communities could ensure that a reliable system of health care services would be accessible if their hospital closes.

July 6, 2017

Plaintiffs Say ACA Equity Rules Illegally Require Abortion, Gender Transition Services

A new lawsuit alleges that regulations implementing ACA nondiscrimination provisions force the plaintiff professionals and facilities to provide gender transition services against their medical judgment and religious beliefs. It also asserts that the regulations require abortion coverage.

August 24, 2016

When Common Sense And Public Health Prevail: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

The Supreme Court's 5-3 majority ruling overturning two restrictions on abortion in Texas represents a full-throated reaffirmation of the balancing test first set forth by the Court 25 years ago in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern United States v. Casey.

July 1, 2016

Is There Any Room Left For Empirical Research On Family Planning?

A recent evaluation of the impact of Texas’ exclusion of Planned Parenthood from a fee-for-service family planning program quickly sparked an aggressive response from state legislators. Placed in the context of increasing polarization, the space for empiricism in debates over politicized health...

June 28, 2016

Studies Reveal A Critical Need To Educate Texans On The Basics Of Health Insurance

About one-quarter of Texans surveyed, regardless of insurance status, lacked confidence in understanding basic health insurance terminology, the Episcopal Health Foundation, in Houston, found.

April 21, 2016

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: Quantifying The Case’s Potential Impact On Abortion Access And Women’s Health

In April 2013, there were 41 facilities providing abortion services in Texas, and now there are 18. Depending on what the US Supreme Court decides in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, there could be as few as nine or 10 facilities left in the state.

March 1, 2016

CMS Releases Form And Rate Filing Instructions For Five States, Quality Rating System Guidance

On February 5, 2016, CMS released 2017 form and rate filing instructions for insurers in five states. And in late January, HHS released updated guidance on the quality rating system (QRS) and enrollee satisfaction survey process.

February 9, 2016

Public Litigation Challenging ACA Persists, But Court Dismisses State Government Challenge (Updated)

On October 30, 2015, Judge Amit Mehta of the federal District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed yet another state government challenge to the ACA. West Virginia claimed that it was injured by the “administrative fix” announced by HHS late in 2013. CMS also announced that it is beta...

November 2, 2015

ACA Litigation Yields Marketplace Data Access Precedent; States Challenge Fee

An agreement in HHS-Consumer Checkbook litigation sets a precedent for private companies seeking qualified health plan rate and benefit information to create consumer shopping tools for open enrollment. In another suit, states are challenging an application of the Health Insurance Provider Fee.

October 22, 2015