In Bastrop County, advocates have about $100 to get the word out to tens of thousands of Texans.
In a back room of the Smithville Public Library, Ginger Redden passes around a donation jar to the volunteers gathered around the conference table. They take turns dropping coins and a few bills into the container, which is labeled “Lucky … Read More
Years of legislative funding cuts to therapy for special needs kids has led to interrupted services and changes in behavior for some.
Amanda Crouse watched helplessly as the words began to slip away from her daughter Haylee. It had taken Crouse and a team of therapists months to help Haylee, then 2 years old, learn basic words. And now they were simply … Read More
The ruling allowing Doe to get the abortion does not yet change the federal policy that initially blocked her procedure.
An undocumented teen in federal custody was able to get an abortion Wednesday morning after a monthlong legal battle against the Trump administration, which was blocking her from the procedure. Jane Doe, as the 17-year-old from Central America is referred … Read More
Once the shelter found out she wanted an abortion, staff “harangued” her about the decision, some even asking what she planned to name the baby, the attorney told the Observer.
Before she fled to the United States, Jane Doe, as she’s known in court filings, allegedly watched her parents beat her older sister, who had become pregnant out of wedlock, with firewood and cables until she miscarried. When Doe tried … Read More
An appeals court Friday heard arguments on whether a federal refugee agency can block a minor in its custody from having an abortion.
UPDATE: Late Friday afternoon, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an earlier ruling ordering the federal government to allow Jane Doe to have an abortion. Today’s decision effectively bars Doe from terminating her pregnancy, at least for now. Instead, … Read More
Community health centers are set to lose about one-fifth of their total funding if Congress doesn’t act by Saturday.
UPDATE: The House Energy and Commerce Committee said Thursday that it will consider legislation to extend community health center funding next week. Advocates are encouraged, but still on edge. This is an early step in the legislative process and will occur … Read More
Half of the state’s congressional Dems have not signed on to Medicare for All legislation.
About 4.5 million Texans would get coverage under the single-payer health care legislation that’s gaining traction in Congress. Texas, with the highest uninsured rate in the country — nearly twice the national rate — has a lot of catching up … Read More
After disability advocates surrounded HHSC officials Monday, they were told the contract would be renewed, but few details have been provided.
On Monday afternoon, Emily Wolinsky and about 15 other disability-rights advocates, most in wheelchairs, sat around a long table at an Italian restaurant across the street from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) building. Over plates of pasta … Read More
“It’s kind of silly that this law is going into effect to give more power to insurance companies,” said Gerry Emig. “The thought that our representative would do that is a little scary.”
“It’s kind of silly that this law is going into effect to give more power to insurance companies. The thought that our representative would do that is a little scary.” Read More