The current proposal in the U.S. Senate would lay a devastating blow to Medicaid and people like my daughter. Her future and dignity are at the mercy and thoughtfulness of our elected officials.
An alliance of states was announced to follow the Paris agreement’s terms and it became clear that the states had begun to reassert themselves. California has reached an accord with Quebec. The Canadian government is in talks with Texas, Florida, and other states. They are ready to take on responsibilities abandoned many years ago.
Texas’ actions prove many of our state leaders are turning blind eyes to some of the biggest health and environmental risks associated with oil and gas development — fighting tooth and nail against existing protections and efforts to learn more to inform future protections.
Applied properly, financial assurance is a common-sense requirement. To qualify for a lease, energy companies currently must put up bonds or other collateral to ensure there will be funds to decommission a well once the oil and gas have been extracted. This ensures that bankruptcy or malfeasance can’t endanger the environment or force taxpayers to foot the bill to plug a well.
Gov. Greg Abbott's agenda for the Texas Legislature's special election next month looks a little light, so here are a few proposals he should add to his list.
During June, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, the AHA is encouraging Americans to add color to their meals throughout the month as part of its Healthy For Good™ movement.
It is clear the Legislature is not willing to invest in prekindergarten. We had a real chance in 2015 to make a meaningful investment in our youngest students, but instead decided to shortchange them. The 85th Texas Legislature made it even worse.
As the number of independent, non-hospital-affiliated FECs grows in Texas, it’s important that patients understand the differences between the various emergency care options.
I haven’t really spent much time tracking legislation before; I guess I’ve never really had to. But I started paying attention to what y’all were doing down in Austin the year that I finally accepted that my child was transgender. And what I found, Speaker Straus, is that there was an awful lot happening under that pink dome that could quite possibly kill him.
Texas’ crumbling state hospitals will soon see additional funding. Senate Bill 1, the state budget, includes $160 million for critical repairs and deferred maintenance at existing state hospitals and state supported living centers.
A commitment to science-based management can assure an economically and environmentally healthy Gulf for Texas, our nation and the world. The only way to do so is by working together on an international scale. This must be a priority for all three countries bordering the Gulf of Mexico. It can be the foundation to progress on other policy issues and one that can and must be sustained through the diplomatic, political and policy travails that face us.
As a gay child in the foster care system, I spent my childhood in facilities like that. My Child Protective Services caseworker told me at one point that I could either “keep being gay or straighten up” if I wanted to be placed with a foster family.