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Republican state House speaker backs expanding Medicaid to cover mothers for a year after they give birth

Republican state House speaker backs expanding Medicaid to cover mothers for a year after they give birth

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Republican Texas House Speaker threw his weight Wednesday behind a bill that would extend Medicaid coverage to mothers for a year postpartum as part of a broad package of proposals meant to increase access to affordable health care in Texas.The number of reported maternal deaths has increased nationwide in , and Texas data shows Black women in the state die disproportionately while pregnant or after delivery, from causes like infections, heart problems and mental disorders.But health experts and advocates...

April 7, 2021
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Republican state House speaker backs expanding Medicaid to cover mothers for a year after they give birth

Republican state House speaker backs expanding Medicaid to cover mothers for a year after they give birth

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.The Republican House speaker threw his weight Wednesday behind a bill that would extend Medicaid coverage to mothers for a year postpartum as part of a broad package of proposals meant to increase access to affordable health care in Texas.The number of reported maternal deaths has increased nationwide in , and Texas data shows Black women in the state die disproportionately while pregnant or after delivery, from causes like infections, heart problems and mental disorders.But health experts and advocates...

April 7, 2021
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Bills restricting abortion, including one that bans procedure as early as six weeks, get initial Texas Senate OK

Bills restricting abortion, including one that bans procedure as early as six weeks, get initial Texas Senate OK

The Texas Senate gave initial approval Monday to a half-dozen bills that would restrict access to abortion, including a priority measure that could ban abortions before many women know they are pregnant.The measures are among the earliest bills to be debated by the full Senate — whose presiding officer, Lt. Gov. , has given two abortion proposals top this session. Each piece of legislation must be voted on again in the upper chamber and then go through a similar process in the House before becoming law.would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, which can be as early as...

March 29, 2021
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sues Biden administration demanding reinstatement of Keystone XL Pipeline permit

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sues Biden administration demanding reinstatement of Keystone XL Pipeline permit

Twenty-one states, led by Texas and Montana, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Biden administration for revoking a permit for the long-disputed Keystone XL pipeline.The complaint, filed in a Texas federal district court by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, argues the president exceeded his authority when he canceled the pipeline’s permit after being sworn in on Jan 20. The decision should rest with Congress, according to the lawsuit.The project was supposed to move Canadian crude oil to the U.S. — and on to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. But it...

March 17, 2021
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Texas lawmakers push bill to make it easier to sue abortion providers and harder for new anti-abortion laws to be blocked by courts

Texas lawmakers push bill to make it easier to sue abortion providers and harder for new anti-abortion laws to be blocked by courts

Texas lawmakers — pushing to drastically restrict abortion access — have included language in a priority bill meant to make it harder to block the law from taking effect and easier to sue abortion providers.The provisions seem intended to reshape the legal landscape, while many federal courts stop restrictive abortion laws that have passed out of conservative statehouses.Proponents of the bill told lawmakers its “unique drafting” could make it the first of its kind that can’t be held up in the courts before it takes effect. But legal experts and abortion rights advocates say the proposals...

March 18, 2021
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Slate of Texas legislation limiting abortion, including so-called “heartbeat bill,” heads to Senate

Slate of Texas legislation limiting abortion, including so-called “heartbeat bill,” heads to Senate

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Following through on a promise to prioritize anti-abortion legislation, a panel of Texas senators approved a slate of abortion restrictions Tuesday and sent them to the full chamber for consideration.Among those seven pieces of legislation was , which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, which is before many women know they are pregnant. The bill, one of Lt. Gov. ’s priorities, has an exception for medical emergencies but not for rape or incest.Another Patrick priority is , which...

March 16, 2021
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Judge rejects bid by Planned Parenthood to stay in Medicaid, affecting health service for thousands of low-income Texans

Judge rejects bid by Planned Parenthood to stay in Medicaid, affecting health service for thousands of low-income Texans

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Low-income patients will no longer be able to use Medicaid to get nonabortion health services at Planned Parenthood, after a Wednesday court decision said Texas can move forward with kicking the health provider out of its Medicaid program.The decision takes effect Thursday, and leaves thousands of patients with "few places to turn," Planned Parenthood said.The decision is the latest in Texas officials’ yearslong effort to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of...

March 10, 2021
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Another Texas GOP lawmaker is attempting to make abortion punishable by the death penalty

Another Texas GOP lawmaker is attempting to make abortion punishable by the death penalty

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.A Texas lawmaker has filed a bill that would abolish and criminalize abortions, leaving women and physicians who perform the procedure to face criminal charges that could carry the death penalty.The legislation, filed Tuesday by state Rep. , does not include exceptions for rape or incest. It does exempt ectopic pregnancies that seriously threaten the life of the woman “when a reasonable alternative to save the lives of both the mother and the unborn child is unavailable.”“It is time for Texas to protect...

March 9, 2021
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Texans blindsided by massive electric bills await details of Gov. Greg Abbott's promised relief

Texans blindsided by massive electric bills await details of Gov. Greg Abbott's promised relief

 Gov. and Texas lawmakers are promising relief for Texans hit with massive electric bills after a winter storm bludgeoned the state’s power grid, leaving millions of residents freezing without electricity.But how they'll accomplish that remains unclear. The state's deregulated electricity market not only allows for staggering price spikes, but effectively compels them for some customers.While many Texans are on “fixed rate” electricity plans that insulate them from market swings, others pay rates tied to the spot price of wholesale electricity, which skyrocketed during the storm.As the bad...

February 22, 2021
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House committee advances anti-abortion bills, including ones aimed at outlawing the procedure in Texas

House committee advances anti-abortion bills, including ones aimed at outlawing the procedure in Texas

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.House lawmakers on Thursday advanced a package of restrictive abortion bills that, if passed, could ban abortions as early as six weeks without exceptions for rape or incest, and eventually bar the procedure almost entirely.Abortion rights advocates and experts say the legislation includes some of the most extreme provisions nationwide, and seems designed to challenge the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a legal right to an abortion.The bills — approved by a House committee after a hearing...

April 16, 2021
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