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Deane Waldman

Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Dr. Deane Waldman is a retired pediatric cardiologist and system theorist analyst for American healthcare. He brings 37 years of clinical experience plus the business and administrative experience as Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at University of Chicago to the position of Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He is also the Consumer Advocate member on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange.

Latest Columns

A proven way for Texas lawmakers to improve primary health care access

Despite growing evidence and a body of research showing favorable patient outcomes and excellent quality of care in states where advanced practice registered nurses have full practice authority, Texas still prevents them from doing what they can do and what patients desperately need. As a result, Texans who could be treated by an APRN have no care at all.

Texas and Medicaid: How big can you dream?

If Texas controlled its own Medicaid program and received a no-strings federal block grant, we could change everything: radical administrative simplification, eligibility standards, verification processes, insurance packages, “work requirements” and reimbursement schedules.

Medicaid expansion? No way!

Overinflated promises being made for expansion of Texas' Medicaid program remind us of two time-proven adages: "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is," and "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch."