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Families are scrambling to find child care amid the coronavirus outbreak, and the lack of viable options is hitting low-income Texans and essential workers hardest. 


South Texas Veterans Health Care System

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still considers COVID-19 to be a low threat to the general American public, the South Texas Veterans Health Care System has begun screening everyone -- patients, employees and contractors -- who enter three of its units.

Health Care Is Top Of Mind For Many Voters In 2020

Feb 25, 2020

From Texas Standard:

Just as it was in 2016, health care is an important issue for voters as they prepare to cast ballots in primaries and in November's general election. And health care is an especially relevant topic in Texas, as the state continues to opt out of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and faces rural hospital closures and high maternal mortality rates.

Down syndrome is the most common genetic chromosomal disability around the world. Approximately 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome every year in the U.S., but much about the disorder is still unknown or misunderstood.


Across the U.S., including in Texas, there are simply not enough nurses. Demand for all types will likely exceed Texas' healthcare workforce supply by the end of the decade, with a labor deficit of 59,970 Registered Nurses alone.


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San Antonio City Council recently approved revisions to the city’s controversial sick leave ordinance, which will affect close to 354,000 workers. Regardless of size, all businesses operating within city limits will be required to offer sick time to their employees as of December 1.


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A baby needs an average of 6-12 diapers daily and one in three mothers in the U.S. do not have an adequate supply. What's causing this gap? How does a lack of access to diapers affect health outcomes?


From Texas Standard:

Johns Hopkins University researchers recently analyzed hospital fees nationwide and found that Texas had the country’s highest health care markup ratio. Those ratios were highest in Brownsville-Harlingen, Laredo and El Paso. A markup ratio is what a hospital charges for a service, compared to the Medicare "allowable amount" – the rate that the federal government determines a service is worth.

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Health care is a top issue for voters and continues to be a prominent talking point for politicians. What are the basic tenets of various health care policies and proposed changes to the status quo?


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Millions of people gained healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but the law has faced a litany of challenges since its inception. What is the current legal standing of the ACA? Why has healthcare become a partisan issue?


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