Archive for February, 2011

Private Texas Health Insurance means you pay a lot.

February 23, 2011
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Private Texas Health Insurance means you pay a lot.

  Barely had Ted Morton announced he would run for the Alberta Conservative leadership, than speculation began about his position on health care. The Friends of Medicare worry he might resurrect his position from the last leadership race, which was that Albertans should be able to buy private insurance to pay for private services....
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Don’t Fight Crime with More Texas Health Care Mandates

February 23, 2011
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Don’t Fight Crime with More Texas Health Care Mandates

  One of the little-recognized and often-overlooked facts about the high cost of health insurance is that states play a significant role in driving up those costs.  States also play a role in determining patients’ access to health coverage, doctors and even medicines—with cold and allergy products containing pseudoephedrine being the most recent example....
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Senate propose their own health care overhaul for Texas Health Insurance

February 22, 2011
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Senate propose their own health care overhaul for Texas Health Insurance

  AUSTIN — Texas’ government and private health insurance plans need new methods of paying caregivers, Senate Republican leaders said Wednesday. Doctors and hospitals should not be reimbursed for volume of treatment but for quality and good results for patients, said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. They reintroduced two...
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Insurance Training

February 20, 2011
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Insurance Training

  START YOU TRAINING HERE After a full year of research and development, Agent Navigator was launched in December of 2010. The goal is to become the premier website for education and information for all lines of insurance. Currently we support the life, senior and health insurance markets with property and casualty due to...
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Money Won’t Buy You Texas Health Insurance.

February 20, 2011
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Money Won’t Buy You Texas Health Insurance.

  THIS isn’t the story of a poor family with a mother who has a dreadful disease that bankrupts them, or with a child who has to go without vital medicines. Unlike many others, my family can afford medical care, with or without insurance. Instead, this is a story about how broken the market...
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Texas has the highest percentage of adults and children without health insurance.

February 20, 2011
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Texas has the highest percentage of adults and children without health insurance.

  Troubling report card A legislative study finds Texas stands out in too many bad categories. In its fifth annual report on the state of the state, the Texas House of Representatives Legislative Study Group composed of Democratic lawmakers takes a statistical look at how we stack up compared to our 49 U.S. counterparts....
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Health care bills to change Texas payment system.

February 17, 2011
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Health care bills to change Texas payment system.

  Two bills introduced into the Texas Senate would change health care billing procedures to encourage doctors to focus on patient outcomes, best practices and maintaining good health, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Jane Nelson said on Wednesday. Dewhurst said the U.S. health care system was the most expensive in the world, yet...
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Tomball center, other hospitals brace for cuts

February 10, 2011
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Tomball center, other hospitals brace for cuts

  If the state slashes Medicaid payments to doctors, they may stop serving the neediest patients. Where will they go? In an era of overcrowded emergency departments, Tomball Regional Medical Center’s emergency room has become an efficiency leader, a model of how to quickly stabilize patients, move them to hospital beds and keep the...
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Texas Hospital Under Fire for Allegedly Discharging Surgical Patient Due to Immigration

February 9, 2011
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Texas Hospital Under Fire for Allegedly Discharging Surgical Patient Due to Immigration

  A Texas hospital is under fire for allegedly telling a surgical patient she had to leave the hospital immediately because she was an illegal immigrant. Maria Sanchez, 24, told the Houston Chronicle that she had been at John Sealy Hospital — part of the University of Texas Medical system — for six days...
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Texas should tackle its uninsured problem

February 7, 2011
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Texas should tackle its uninsured problem

State social services czar Tom Suehs says the Legislature should work on reducing Texas’ nation-leading share of its people lacking texas health insurance, no matter what the federal courts decide about the federal health care overhaul. Testifying at a Senate Nominations Committee hearing, where he was unanimously endorsed to serve a full two-year term,...
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Second federal court finds healthcare law unconstitutional Texas Health

February 3, 2011
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Second federal court finds healthcare law unconstitutional Texas Health

  AUSTIN — Upholding a legal challenge from Texas and 25 other states, a federal judge in Florida declared President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law unconstitutional Monday, saying Congress overstepped its power by requiring Americans to buy health insurance. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson was the latest in a series of...
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Poor kids’ docs receive at least ray of hope/Texas Health Insurance

February 2, 2011
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Poor kids’ docs receive at least ray of hope/Texas Health Insurance

  Primary care doctors and physicians who are pediatric specialists received good news minutes ago when state social services czar Tom Suehs said his top priority is avoiding additional cuts in their fees from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. “I am very sensitive to access to care,” Suehs said, referring to Texas...
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Medicaid cuts could lead to higher taxes, insurance premiums

February 1, 2011
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Medicaid cuts could lead to higher taxes, insurance premiums

  State lawmakers have proposed reducing entitlement, but health care experts warn maneuver could backfire. Even if you don’t rely on Medicaid, Texas lawmakers’ proposed cuts in the health care program could cost you money. Cutting Medicaid could have outcomes beyond fewer services for the poor, several local officials in the health care industry...
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