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FirstCare Health Plans Bringing Medicare Special Needs Plan to West Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 4, 2018 — Today, officials at FirstCare Health Plans announced the new FirstCare Advantage Dual SNP (HMO SNP) plan, which is back after a brief absence, and available in the Lubbock and Amarillo communities. The plan is designed to meet the special needs of those with Medicare and Medicaid. They must be eligible […]

Obamacare sign-ups set to begin for 2019

Local advocates get word out as Obamacare sign-ups set to begin for 2019 Open enrollment for 2019 health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is about to kick off — as is the annual effort by local health care advocates to overcome a fresh crop of challenges that could deter people from signing up. Beginning […]

SCOTT AND WHITE HEALTH PLAN TO ACQUIRE FIRSTCARE HEALTH PLANS

SCOTT AND WHITE HEALTH PLAN TO ACQUIRE FIRSTCARE HEALTH PLANS DALLAS, TEXAS (Oct. 23, 2018) – Scott and White Health Plan, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire FirstCare Health Plans. This acquisition will allow the two provider-owned health plans to come together to create a more comprehensive […]

Why is Texas suing to strike down Obamacare?

“Your honor, I’m suing my family today to force them to accept my list of vacation locations. A second lawsuit will hold my church accountable for services exceeding one hour. I anticipate several amicus briefs.” Living by filing lawsuits seems crazy, doesn’t it? As adults we should have reasonable discussions with others to explore choices […]

Medicaid is working for Texas families

With a poverty rate of 48.8%, Fabens is the poorest town in Texas and it’s the only town where more than half of households live on less than $25,000 a year. Fabens is home to closely 10,000 men, women and children, of which 80% receive their health coverage through Medicaid. In 2010, one of the […]

New lives, bright futures in South Texas

As a pediatric anesthesiologist in South Texas, I have logged countless hours in operating rooms caring for babies who have undergone multiples surgeries — some in the moments after birth. These have been some of the most heartbreaking moments of my life. Sadly, many of these surgeries could have been prevented if someone had stepped […]

Legislators need to back Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Legislators need to back Texas Health and Human Services Commission By Ken Janda Have you followed much news coverage of our Texas Health and Human Services Commission ? In the midst of escalating concerns and long-running criticism, some valid and some not, what might surprise you the most is learning the Health and Human Services […]

MARCH OF DIMES PARTNERS WITH 2-1-1 TEXAS CITY OF EL PASO

MARCH OF DIMES PARTNERS WITH 2-1-1 TEXAS CITY OF EL PASO TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND EL PASO HEALTH TO LAUNCH GO BEFORE YOU SHOW (El Paso, TX, May 8, 2018)— March of Dimes has partnered with 2-1-1 Texas, City of El Paso Texas Department of Public Health and El Paso Health to launch […]

Obamacare sign-ups slip in Austin area; strong economy likely a factor

Obamacare sign-ups slip in Austin area; strong economy likely a factor Area health care advocates say they are pleased with enrollment numbers. lifestyle By Bob Sechler – American-Statesman Staff Qiling Wang “I am very happy with the numbers, given the many challenges that this enrollment period faced,” Elizabeth Colvin, director of the Insure Central Texas […]

Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Medicaid Managed Care

Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Medicaid Managed Care The Texas Legislature first began utilizing Medicaid managed care in the early 1990s. What began as a small regional Medicaid managed care pilot in 1993 has today grown to operate in all of Texas’s 254 counties and cover over 90% of the state’s Medicaid enrollees.1 Medicaid Managed Care […]