The Weekly Insight: March 5

05th Mar 2018
Texas Insight’s Recent Reports
  • HHSC: Executive Council: The Council met in order to receive updates on selected initiatives, to receive information, and provide public comment opportunity for 12 rules.
  • Texas Women in Poverty: Part I: This posting explores female poverty in Texas. It is the first part of a two-part look at how poverty affects women in our state, what it looks like in terms of education, age, employment, and race/ethnicity, what the ripple effects of it might be on children, and how policies to mitigate structural gender inequities might benefit Texas economically and socially.
  • HHSC: Policy Council for Children and Families: The Policy Council for Children and Families (PCCF) gathered for their quarterly meeting. The PCCF works to improve the coordination, quality, efficiency and outcomes of services provided to children with disabilities and their families through the state’s health, education and human services systems. The council produces a biennial report with recommendations to the executive Commissioner of HHSC and the Texas Legislature. The council includes family members of children with special health care needs and representatives of community, faith, business and other organizations.
  • HHSC: The e-Health Advisory Committee: The e-Health Advisory Committee (eHAC) gathered for their quarterly meeting. The eHAC advises the HHS executive commissioner and HHS agencies on strategic planning, policy, rules and services related to the use of health information technology, health information exchange systems, telemedicine, telehealth and home telemonitoring services.

Federal Healthcare Reports

  • Medicare and Budget Sequestration: This report begins with an overview of budget sequestration and Medicare before discussing how budget sequestration has been implemented across the different parts of the Medicare program. Additionally, this report provides appendixes that include references to additional Congressional Research Service (CRS) resources related to this report and budget terminology definitions, as defined by BBEDCA.
  • Two-Year Extension of the Community Health Center Fund: The Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148, as amended), enacted in 2010, appropriated billions of dollars of mandatory funds to support two programs that focus on expanding access to primary care services for populations that are typically underserved: the Health Centers program and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC)…
  • Welfare Reform: Work Status of Single Mothers, In Brief: This report updates and extends the analysis of single mothers’ work experience in the Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report R41917, Welfare, Work, and Poverty Status of Female-Headed Families with Children: 1987-2013, by Thomas Gabe. It analyzes 30 years of U.S. Census Bureau data showing trends in the work experience of single mothers. It provides information for the 10 years leading up to and including the enactment of the 1996 welfare reform law, as well as the 20 years since then. 
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