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Texas Matters: CHIP On the Decline, Childhood Trauma And Author Ann Patchett

A bed in the emergency room at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Eileen Pace | TPR News
A bed in the emergency room at University Hospital in San Antonio.

Texas has the highest uninsured rate for children in the nation. And for the second year in a row the rate got even worse. That’s according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Children advocates are calling attention to these numbers and asking for state leaders to address this problem immediately. They say steps could be taken now – without the legislature to improve access to CHIP and Children’s Medicaid. Patrick Bresette is the Executive Director Children’s Defense Fund-Texas.

ACES In Fort Worth

Facing adversity or trauma as a child can affect a person’s health well into adulthood. And that’s a problem the City of Fort Worth wants to take on. From KERA’s Mental Health Desk, Syeda Hasan reports on a program that aims to intervene — especially for families with young children.

Ann Patchett's Dutch House 

Ann Patchett is back.  The acclaimed and beloved author  of seven other novels has penned “The Dutch House,” a story about a broken family in a beautiful house — one that becomes the center of a family saga spanning 50 years, and shows the ways in which three generations are influenced by the structure and its exquisite and idiosyncratic contents. The novel is about the ways in which we sometimes have to give up our obsessions, even abandon them,  and find a way to forgiveness just the same. Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides spoke to Ann Patchett about the novel, The Dutch House. It’s published by Harper Collins.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi