The Weekly Insight: October 3
Texas Insight’s Coverage: September 25-29
- Health impacts of Harvey: The impacts of Hurricane Harvey continue to come into focus for the State and for the residents of the 39 Texas counties with FEMA disaster designation. This posting describes the many health effects of the storm, which hit the region on August 23.
- HHSC: Texas Autism Council: The Texas Autism Council met for their quarterly meeting. The Council advises and makes recommendations to the HHSC executive commissioner to ensure that the needs of persons of all ages with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families are addressed and that all available resources are coordinated to meet those needs. The council was established September 1, 2016.
- HHSC: Value-Based Payment and Quality Improvement Advisory Committee: The Value-Based Payment and Quality Improvement Advisory Committee provides a forum to promote public-private, multi-stakeholder collaboration in support of quality improvement and value-based payment initiatives for Medicaid, other publicly funded health services, and the wider health care system. It was established in accordance with Texas Government Code §531.012. The Committee met to receive information and updates about numerous topics. They also considered a framework for their required report.
- HHSC: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force: The Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force studies maternal mortality and morbidity by studying and reviewing cases of pregnancy-related deaths and trends in severe maternal morbidity, determining the feasibility of the task force studying cases of severe maternal morbidity, and recommending ways to help reduce the incidence of pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal morbidity in Texas.
Federal Healthcare News
- Trump plans order allowing insurance sold across state lines: President Trump on Wednesday said he is considering an executive order to allow health insurance to be purchased across state lines. Trump told reporters at the White House that he plans to issue a “very major” executive order, probably next week, “where people can go out across state lines, do lots of things, and buy their own health care.”
- Read the Resignation Letter Tom Price Sent to President Trump: Tom Price sent a letter on Friday to President Trump resigning as health secretary. Mr. Price had been under pressure after racking up at least $400,000 in travel bills, footed by the taxpayers, for chartered flights.
- Not Giving Up, Trump Insists He Has Votes to Repeal Obamacare: Unwilling to accept defeat, President Trump insisted on Wednesday that Republicans “have the votes” to dismantle much of the Affordable Care Act, and he predicted that the Senate would vote on legislation to do that in the first three months of next year.
- G.O.P Points to Welfare Overhaul as a Model for Health Care. The Comparison Has Limits: As they propose to give each state a wad of federal cash to replace the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance, Senate Republicans have a ready comparison to press their case: the overhaul of welfare adopted two decades ago.