Veronica Zaragovia http://kwbu.org en Could Medicaid Expansion Boost the Texas Economy? http://kwbu.org/post/could-medicaid-expansion-boost-texas-economy If Texas accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, roughly 1.5 million more people would have health insurance. Now a new study suggests more than half of them are people who work in service industries that help fuel the state’s economy.<p>The report by <a href="http://familiesusa.org/" target="_blank">Families USA</a> says the people in Texas who’d benefit most from closing the coverage gap are cashiers, drivers, cooks and servers, hotel clerks and construction workers, for example.<p>Many of them don’t earn enough to qualify for a tax subsidy under the Affordable Care Act, Dee Mahon with Families USA says.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:37:25 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 6081 at http://kwbu.org Could Medicaid Expansion Boost the Texas Economy? How a Bush-Era Law Against Trafficking Impacts the Immigration Surge http://kwbu.org/post/how-bush-era-law-against-trafficking-impacts-immigration-surge Because of a 2008 law, thousands of children crossing into Texas illegally are not turned back right away. That’s because they must get an immigration hearing first –&#160;due to a federal law that passed with bipartisan support.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislation in wound through Congress in late 2007. A year later, President George W. Bush signed it into law. So why is it coming up now?</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158020504&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:46:18 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 5516 at http://kwbu.org How a Bush-Era Law Against Trafficking Impacts the Immigration Surge As Inmates Age, Prison Health Care Spending in Texas Could Grow http://kwbu.org/post/inmate-health-care-spending-texas-will-grow-pew-experts-say Researchers at The Pew Charitable Trusts have <a href="http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2014/05/15/managing-prison-health-care-spending" target="_blank">a new report</a> out on how much states are spending on inmate health care. Between 2001 and 2008, Texas had a decrease in this spending, but since then, it’s gone up again.&#160;<p>Expenses are growing because the population of older inmates in Texas is growing. The Texas Department of <a href="http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Criminal Justice</a> has more than 150,000 inmates. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:10:46 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 5410 at http://kwbu.org As Inmates Age, Prison Health Care Spending in Texas Could Grow Commission Hears Input on Fixing Major Flaws of Texas Agencies http://kwbu.org/post/commission-hears-input-fixing-major-flaws-texas-agencies The second day of the Sunset Advisory Commission’s <a href="https://www.sunset.texas.gov/meetings" target="_blank">public meetings</a> at the Capitol is underway.<p>Today, the public can comment on recommendations made in recent commission staff reports on how to fix major flaws at state agencies, including the<a href="http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/" target="_blank"> Department of Family Protective Services</a>. A June report [<a href="https://www.sunset.texas.gov/public/uploads/files/reports/DFPS%20Hearing%20Material.pdf" target="_blank">click here for PDF</a>] of the Sunset Advisory Commission had about 100 pages of recommendations for reforming the department.<p><a href="https://www.sunset.texas.gov/about-us/sunset-staff" target="_blank">Sunset staff member</a> and project manager Amy Tripp, who worked on the report, told lawmakers Tuesday that caseworkers complain about the punitive work environment. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:16:53 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 4767 at http://kwbu.org Commission Hears Input on Fixing Major Flaws of Texas Agencies Texas Near the Very Bottom in Some Elderly Care Measures http://kwbu.org/post/texas-near-very-bottom-some-elderly-care-measures A national score card out today ranks states on the long-term services they provide for the elderly –&#160;and while Texas sits in the middle of the pack overall, it's at the very bottom in some important measures.<p>The report looks at indicators like affordability, quality of care and support for family caregivers. Overall, Texas ranks&#160;30<sup>th</sup>&#160;on care for older adults. Minnesota tops the list while Alabama and Kentucky are at the bottom. <a href="http://kut.org/post/how-your-state-rates-terms-long-term-care">Read more on the overall report</a>.<p>But on some specific indicators, however, Texas is at the very bottom. In both quality of care and quality of life, Texas ranks 49<sup>th</sup>, according to the&#160;<a href="http://www.longtermscorecard.org/">2014 Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard</a>. High staff &#160;turnover, the use of antipsychotic medications and a high rate of pressure sores pull the state's score down.<p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:58:19 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 4543 at http://kwbu.org Texas Near the Very Bottom in Some Elderly Care Measures