Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en State Agency Finalizes Abortion Regulations http://kut.org/post/state-agency-finalizes-abortion-regulations <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The Texas Department of State Health Services finalized strict new abortion regulations on Friday, claiming that none of the 19,000 public comments on the rules provided evidence that they are unconstitutional.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 19:19:49 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 9454 at http://kut.org State Agency Finalizes Abortion Regulations After SCOTUS, Abortion Providers Work to Secure Access http://kut.org/post/after-scotus-abortion-providers-work-secure-access <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday not to intervene in Texas’ ongoing abortion litigation, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are working to secure access to the procedure for women across the state.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">“We’re working to help make sure that our patients and women across Texas can get the services that they need,” said Eric Ferrero, vice president of communications for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He said Planned Parenthood staff is predominantly working to secure hospital admitting privileges for physicians who don’t have them. Staffers are also helping women who must now travel long distances to access abortion; in some cases, they are helping to offset the costs of transportation and lodging.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:37:06 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 9225 at http://kut.org After SCOTUS, Abortion Providers Work to Secure Access SCOTUS Won't Intervene in Texas Abortion Case http://kut.org/post/scotus-wont-intervene-texas-abortion-case <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday rejected a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/11/12/after-court-ruling-abortion-providers-ending-servi/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">request by abortion providers</a>&nbsp;to intervene in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of new abortion regulations in Texas that took effect in November.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">"Reasonable minds can perhaps disagree about whether the [U.S. 5th Circuit] Court of Appeals should have granted a stay in this case,"&nbsp;Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the 5-4 opinion.&nbsp;"There is no doubt that the applicants have not carried their heavy burden of showing that doing so was a clear violation of accepted legal standards — which do not include a special 'status quo' standard for laws affecting abortion."</p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:12:55 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 9218 at http://kut.org SCOTUS Won't Intervene in Texas Abortion Case 5th Circuit Reverses Ruling on TX Abortion Regulations http://kut.org/post/5th-circuit-reverses-ruling-tx-abortion-regulations <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Texas abortion providers’&nbsp;Monday&nbsp;victory was short-lived. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals&nbsp;on Thursday <a href="http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/13/13-51008-CV0.pdf">reversed a federal district court ruling</a> that found part of the state's new abortion regulations unconstitutional, meaning the provisions of House Bill&nbsp;2 could take effect immediately if state officials choose to enforce them.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:42:15 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 9073 at http://kut.org 5th Circuit Reverses Ruling on TX Abortion Regulations Advocates File Lawsuit to Block Abortion Restrictions http://kut.org/post/advocates-file-lawsuit-block-abortion-restrictions <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">The next stage in abortion rights advocates&rsquo; efforts to block implementation of strict new regulations on the procedure in Texas began on Friday, as the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union and a group of abortion providers across the state </span><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/799828-lawsuit.html" style="line-height: 1.35; ">filed a lawsuit</a><span style="line-height: 1.35; "> in federal court.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">&ldquo;Today&#39;s lawsuit is a united strike back against the hostile politicians who have made clear their willingness to sacrifice the constitutional rights, health and even lives of Texas women in support of their extremist ideological agenda,&rdquo; Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:41:14 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 8811 at http://kut.org Advocates File Lawsuit to Block Abortion Restrictions House Committee Quietly Approves Anti-Abortion Bills http://kut.org/post/house-committee-quietly-approves-anti-abortion-bills <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">After abruptly ending hours of public testimony that went into the wee hours of Friday morning, the House State Affairs Committee reconvened on Friday and quietly approved&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=831&amp;Bill=HB60" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">House Bill 60</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">, its companion,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=831&amp;Bill=SB5" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Senate Bill 5</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">&nbsp;— omnibus abortion restriction legislation — and a&nbsp;standalone&nbsp;measure to ban abortion at 20 weeks gestation,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=831&amp;Bill=HB16" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">House Bill 16</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">With the special session coming to an end on Tuesday, opponents of the measures say the decision by&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Chairman&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/byron-cook/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/byron-cook/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Byron Cook</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box; ">, R-Corsicana, to</span>&nbsp;end to the hearing near 4 a.m. — before hundreds of reproductive rights advocates could testify — may open the door to kill the legislation.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:01:00 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 8201 at http://kut.org House Committee Quietly Approves Anti-Abortion Bills Lack of Revenue Limits Experimental Health Projects http://kut.org/post/lack-revenue-limits-experimental-health-projects <div>Texas received federal approval in May to begin more than 1,100 experimental projects that could transform the way health care is delivered to the state’s poor and uninsured. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:28:38 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 8122 at http://kut.org Lack of Revenue Limits Experimental Health Projects End-of-Life Bill Sparks Anger, Accusations http://kut.org/post/end-life-bill-sparks-anger-accusations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 1.35;">Political powerhouse Texas Right to Life is working overtime to try to defeat a compromise measure aimed at improving state laws governing “end of life” medical decisions. Fri, 17 May 2013 16:36:00 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 7778 at http://kut.org End-of-Life Bill Sparks Anger, Accusations House Opens Door to Medicaid Expansion Negotiations http://kut.org/post/house-opens-door-medicaid-expansion-negotiations <p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:42:38 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 7231 at http://kut.org House Opens Door to Medicaid Expansion Negotiations Senate Approves CPRIT Reform Legislation http://kut.org/post/senate-approves-cprit-reform-legislation <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">The Texas Senate unanimously approved two bills Wednesday to reform the beleaguered&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/tribpedia/cancer-prevention-and-research-institute-of-texas-cprit/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a>&nbsp;amid continuing controversy over grant awards.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:58:23 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 7207 at http://kut.org Senate Approves CPRIT Reform Legislation Senate Approves Overhaul of Long-Term Medicaid Care http://kut.org/post/senate-approves-overhaul-long-term-medicaid-care <p></p><p>The Texas Senate unanimously approved an overhaul of long-term and acute care Medicaid services on Monday in an effort to expand care to more disabled Texans while saving millions of state dollars.</p><p>“We cannot continue to fund the same inefficient, unsustainable long-term care system and expect a different result,” said Sen.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/jane-nelson/" title="">Jane Nelson</a>, R-Flower Mound, the author of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=SB7">Senate Bill 7</a>.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:03:33 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 7076 at http://kut.org Senate Approves Overhaul of Long-Term Medicaid Care State Leadership Allows CPRIT to Move Forward on Grants http://kut.org/post/state-leadership-allows-cprit-move-forward-grants <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">Despite an ongoing grant moratorium, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas received permission Wednesday from state leaders to move forward on contract negotiations for 25 grants that would bring renowned cancer researchers to Texas.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">“We have worked hard to regain trust with our elected officials and the citizens of Texas,” Wayne Roberts, interim executive director at CPRIT, said in a statement. “We take this action as evidence that some progress has been made, and we will continue to work to strengthen this trust during the coming weeks and months.”</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The researcher grants represent a combined $72 million and were formally approved by the CPRIT oversight board in late 2012 before the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/02/25/cancer-advocates-wait-cprit-moratorium-be-lifted/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">moratorium</a>&nbsp;took effect. Many of the researchers had moved their families and research labs to Texas in anticipation of receiving CPRIT financing.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:50:22 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 7025 at http://kut.org State Leadership Allows CPRIT to Move Forward on Grants GOP Caucus Opposes Medicaid Expansion - With Caveats http://kut.org/post/gop-caucus-opposes-medicaid-expansion-caveats <p></p><p>House Republicans on Monday agreed not to expand Medicaid as called for under the federal Affordable Care Act — but left the door open to doing it if the Obama administration grants Texas enough flexibility.</p><p>“The current path as proposed is unsustainable from a fiscal standpoint,” said caucus chairman Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe. He said the caucus would continue to “propose solutions on the issue, which we’re formulating and will continue to do so throughout the session.”&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:10:25 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 6814 at http://kut.org GOP Caucus Opposes Medicaid Expansion - With Caveats State Audit Exposes More Problems at Cancer Institute http://kut.org/post/state-audit-exposes-more-problems-cancer-institute <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">A state audit has revealed that transparency problems at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas extend beyond the improper review of an $11 million commercialization grant that sparked criminal and civil investigations.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 01:25:06 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 6373 at http://kut.org State Audit Exposes More Problems at Cancer Institute Bill Proposing Tax Break Targets Contraception Rule http://kut.org/post/bill-proposing-tax-break-targets-contraception-rule <p></p><p>A bill filed Thursday in the Texas House would give religiously based businesses, such as Hobby Lobby, a state tax break if the businesses were forced to comply with the federal government’s mandate that employers provide contraception coverage.</p><p>"It is simply appalling that any business owner should have to choose between violating their religious convictions and watching their business be strangled by the strong arm of Federal mandates and taxation," Rep.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/jonathan-stickland/">Jonathan Stickland</a>, R-Bedford, said in a prepared statement discussing his measure,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Search/DocViewer.aspx?K2DocKey=odbc%3a%2f%2fTLO%2fTLO.dbo.vwCurrBillDocs%2f83%2fR%2fH%2fB%2f00649%2f1%2fB%40TloCurrBillDocs&amp;QueryText=HB+649&amp;HighlightType=1">House Bill 649</a>.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:39:00 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 6346 at http://kut.org Bill Proposing Tax Break Targets Contraception Rule