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Greg Abbott to Bring Texas a Change of Pace, If Not Policy

Incoming Governor Takes Deliberate, Wonky Approach; a ‘Judge,’ Not a ‘Yell Leader’ AUSTIN, Texas—After 14 years of Rick Perry’s cowboy swagger, Texas is about to experience a new style of leader. Republican Greg Abbott, who will be sworn in as the next governor of Texas on Tuesday, shares many conservative stances with Mr. Perry, including [...]

2017-05-25T13:12:09+00:00 January 15th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Greg Abbott to Bring Texas a Change of Pace, If Not Policy

Texas hospitals make bid to expand health insurance

Proposal intended to provide coverage to 6 million uninsured Does Medicaid by any other name solve the uninsured problem in Texas? The Texas Hospital Association launched a campaign along with civic and business leaders Monday to develop a method for providing health insurance to the 6 million Texans who currently don't have it. Most of [...]

2017-05-25T13:12:09+00:00 January 13th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Texas hospitals make bid to expand health insurance

Manatt on Health Reform

Enrollment and coverage expansion tops the new this week. Federal officials announced 6.5 million people have enrolled through the Federally-facilitated Marketplace and released the first in a monthly series of detailed reports on health plan selection by state. State-based Marketplaces began releasing promising enrollment numbers for “coverage as of January 1.” And Medicaid expansion activity [...]

2017-05-25T13:12:09+00:00 January 12th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Manatt on Health Reform

The Healthcare Hitch: Will An Alternative To Medicaid Expansion Pass The Statehouse?

Can common sense trump partisan politics? The question is especially apropos these days in Texas, which accounts for about 25 percent of the 4 million Americans who would gain health insurance if their state’s lawmakers expanded Medicaid. The healthcare industry knows how unlikely that is to happen in the Lone Star State, where the Legislature will [...]

2017-05-25T13:12:09+00:00 January 12th, 2015|News|Comments Off on The Healthcare Hitch: Will An Alternative To Medicaid Expansion Pass The Statehouse?

Abbott signals willingness to consider Medicaid expansion

In a recent private meeting with Houston-area state lawmakers, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott brought up a topic so radioactive in Texas politics that even the mention of it caught the room off guard, according to three of those present. The longtime attorney general, who made a name for himself by suing President Barack Obama and his [...]

2017-05-25T13:12:10+00:00 January 12th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Abbott signals willingness to consider Medicaid expansion

Some lawmakers want to bring more people under the Medicaid umbrella

In a private meeting with Houston-area state lawmakers last week,Gov.-elect Greg Abbott brought up a topic so radioactive in Texas politics that even the mention of it caught the room off guard, according to three of those present. The longtime attorney general, who made a name for himself by suing President Barack Obama and his [...]

2017-05-25T13:12:10+00:00 January 12th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Some lawmakers want to bring more people under the Medicaid umbrella

Property tax rate cap elicits opposition from county, cities

Property tax will be a hot topic at the 84th session of the Texas Legislature which will meet in January. While the state will not increase any tax because of the comfortable financial situation, some lawmakers are keen on a stringent cap on the property tax appraisal and the increase in tax rate. Local elected [...]

2017-05-25T13:12:10+00:00 January 12th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Property tax rate cap elicits opposition from county, cities

Texas Association of Business faces tough fights in Legislature

The last thing the Texas Association of Business wants from the 2015 Texas Legislature is a cut in the business tax. Long before lawmakers provide tax relief, the organization’s president Bill Hammond explained, the TAB’s 4,000 businesses and 200 chambers of commerce would prefer to see some responsible governing, including more transportation spending, health insurance [...]

2017-05-25T13:12:10+00:00 January 12th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Texas Association of Business faces tough fights in Legislature

The ‘Texas Way’ to fiscally responsible health coverage

There’s a popular bumper sticker that says, “I wasn’t born here but I got here as fast I could.” In 2013, that sticker could have decorated the cars of 1,600 people a daywho moved to Texas. It’s no secret why Texas leads the nation in domestic migration. We live in a great state. Our economic [...]

2017-05-25T13:12:10+00:00 January 12th, 2015|News|Comments Off on The ‘Texas Way’ to fiscally responsible health coverage