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About 17 percent of people in Texas don't have health insurance, the highest rate in the nation. (Delia Truta/Twenty20)

HOUSTON – Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation, according to census data. So one nonprofit is launching a big effort to try to get more Texans access to health services. The Episcopal Health Foundation is investing $10 million in dozens of health programs in Texas. A

A new study shows that the number of women sent to prisons in Texas has increased by more than 900 percent since 1980. (Alina555/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Prison reform advocates say too many of the 12,000 women in Texas prisons don't need to be behind bars. A study by the nonpartisan Texas Criminal Justice Coalition finds that more than two-thirds of the state's female inmates were convicted of nonviolent offenses and recommen

Congress must approve a new budget by Thursday to keep the federal government open. One of many items at stake is funding for Community Health Centers that serve people who are low-income or uninsured. (C-SPAN)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – More than 1 million uninsured Texans are in limbo, waiting for Congress to approve funding for the neighborhood clinics known as Community Health Centers. Lawmakers face a Thursday deadline to approve a new budget to avoid another federal government shutdown. The Feder

A new report shows that children of color comprise 68 percent of the 7.3 million kids in Texas. (Arcurs/GettyImages)<br /><br />

AUSTIN, Texas -- A new report on the "State of America's Children" shows that large numbers of kids living in Texas confront poverty, homelessness, hunger and violence in their daily lives. The report by the Children's Defense Fund found that in Texas, children face major challenges: 1-in-5 live in

While Texas has consistently refused to expand Medicaid, the state has received an extension of a Medicaid-based program that helps cover health-care costs for lower-income residents. (Klimek/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Health care providers in Texas are getting a $25 billion shot in the arm with the five-year extension of a Medicaid program by the federal government. The plan, known as an 1115 Demonstration Waiver is considered a low-cost alternative to traditional Medicaid. It provides h

About 400,000 children in Texas could lose health coverage if Congress fails to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (PeopleImages/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas – Almost 9 million families – 400,000 in Texas alone – are anxiously waiting to hear if their children will have health insurance in 2018 and beyond. Congress has passed a two-week, stop-gap budget to avoid a government shutdown, but again failed to fund the Childre

Members of a Houston-area family work to remove damaged sheetrock from inside their home following Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters in September. (Raedle/GettyImages)

BEAUMONT, Texas -- Three months after Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas, nearly half of the residents affected by the storm say they are not receiving the help they need to recover. A joint survey by the Episcopal Health Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that black and Hispanic

The Episcopal Health Foundation will focus grants and other programs on early brain development of children during pregnancy and in the first three years of life. (Tardif/GettyImages)

HOUSTON – The Episcopal Health Foundation is shifting its focus to a five-year "big picture" plan that targets specific outcomes needed to address the root causes of poor health in Texas. The Foundation, which serves about 11 million people in a 57-county region of southeast Texas, aims to l

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