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Public News Service - TX: Health

A new survey from the Episcopal Health Foundation finds 60% of Texas say health care is their biggest household expense. (AdobeStock)

HOUSTON — More than half of all Texans say they struggle on a daily basis to afford health care, according to a new survey. The findings come from the 2019 Texas Health Policy Survey from the Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation. Brian Sasser, chief communications officer with the foun

More than 1.5 million Texas children live in poverty, despite the state's booming economy. (AdobeStock)

AUSTIN, Texas – Compared with other states, Texas remains in the bottom 10 for the well-being of its children, according to a new report. The annual Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses 16 indicators to rank states in four areas: health, education, economic well-being,

More than 3 million children in Texas rely on Medicaid, and another 400,000 on CHIP, for health coverage. (U.S. Navy)

AUSTIN, Texas – After more than a decade of progress getting health coverage for more children in the U.S., a new report shows that nationally, more than 800,000 fewer children were enrolled in federal health programs at the end of 2018. Anne Dunkelberg, associate director at the Center for

The uninsured rate for women of childbearing age is nearly twice as high in states that have not expanded Medicaid compared with expansion states. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas has the highest rate of uninsured women of childbearing age in the nation, with one in four lacking coverage, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. It says states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act sa

Will more transparency about drug pricing help drive down costs for Texas consumers, or add expenses for the drug companies that have to comply? (Gang/Adobe Stock)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers are showing overwhelming support so far for legislation that AARP says would be one of the strongest drug-price transparency measures in the country. House Bill 2536 is in the hands of a Senate committee after passing the House without opposition. It calls for drug m

Antipsychotic medications can be dangerous for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. (David Pereias/Adobe Stock)

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has reduced the misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes in recent years, but some advocacy groups say much more can be done. Amanda Fredriksen, associate state director at AARP Texas, explained about 12,000 nursing home residents are being given antipsychotic drugs fo

An Episcopal Health Foundation poll found that a majority of Texans want government to take a hand in making the health-care system work. (Pixabay)

HOUSTON – An overwhelming majority of Texans believe that state government needs to take a major role in making the health-care system work well. According to recent polling by the Episcopal Health Foundation, at least eight of 10 Texans want the government to play a significant role in a fu

Community health centers generate $54.6 billion in total economic activity each year and employ more than 220,000 people across the country. (Queens University)

DENTON, Texas - Thousands of community health-center advocates, doctors, nurses, professionals and patients are headed to the nation's capital this week to urge their representatives to ensure long-term, stable funding. Doreen Rue, chief executive of the nonprofit Health Services of North Texas, sa

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