Subject:

Medicaid

  • Music

    March 13, 2014

    How Will Obamacare Affect Musicians?

    The Affordable Care Act could offer a path to health care for struggling artists.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Cover Story: Obamacare Still Lacking For Some Local Musicians

    January 1, 2014 saw most of the final stages of President Barack Obama's signature legislation, the health-care reform initiative known as both the official title of the Affordable Care Act and more derisively as Obamacare, start to be implemented. The individual mandate that requires every able per ... More >>

  • News

    November 14, 2013

    The San Jose Clinic Is Here to Take Care of Those Left Behind by the Texas Health-Care Debate

    Even after the Affordable Care Act, tens of thousands of Texans have no medical coverage. That is why the San Jose Clinic in Midtown still exists.

  • News

    July 25, 2013

    Getting Stuck: Uninsured Patients Slammed with Lawsuits by Not-for-Profit Hospital

    Memorial Hermann treats patients without insurance, tells them not to worry about the cost and then sues them for thousands of dollars.

  • News

    May 2, 2013

    Rick Perry: Mum's The Word

    Rick Perry has adopted a more behind-the-scenes approach this time around. That doesn't mean he hasn't been busy.

  • News

    April 25, 2013

    Thieves' Bazaar: Medicare Fraud

    Hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation's sweetest crime. The feds are now trying to shutter the door.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Beer Nuts: State Alcoholic Beverage Laws Front and Center with Lege This Week

    No doubt some of you may want to know the many ways the Texas legislature is going to improve your opportunities this session to drink alcoholic spirits. Toss the kids and forget Medicaid, there's always one or two more ways to tinker with the state's alcoholic beverage code each session. No doubt, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Texas Starts The Debate Whether To Take Obamacare's Medicaid Money

    Advocates of Medicaid expansion -- part of Obama's Affordable Care Act -- continue to ply Texas lawmakers with economic numbers, making the point that the expansion of the program is not a cost, but a benefit, to taxpayers. Like Sisyphus eternally pushing his boulder up the hill, advocates for Medi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Exposer of Fraudulent Texas Drug Protocol Named Whistleblower of the Year

    The man who exposed a drug maker's fraudulent marketing of an antipsychotic drug that is still given to Texas's foster care children has won the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund's Whistleblower of the Year Award. Allen Jones was forced out of his job at the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Jack L. Baker: Radiologist To Pay $650,000 To Settle Kickback Case

    A man described by prosecutors as "a prominent Houston radiologist" has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle claims that he provided kickbacks to get physicians to refer business his way. Jack L. Baker of the Fairmount Diagnostic Center in Pasadena entered into the agreement today, settling claims file ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Rick Perry Battles Creeping Socialism

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Rick Perry Stands Tall Against Socialism, Obamacare and Godless Federal Dollars

    Governor Rick Perry has confirmed in a letter today to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that he's no pal of socialism and as such, must reject two key measures of Obamacare - a state insurance exchange and expanding Medicaid. To embrace a state exchange would mean playing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    State Settles With Johnson & Johnson Over Risperdal: $158 Million

    A drug company accused of fraudulently promoting the antipsychotic Risperdal for use in Texas's Medicaid system has settled a state Attorney General's lawsuit for $158 million. The AG's office, one of several across the country to sue Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) for ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Down the Hatch

    The Texas Attorney General's Office says a drugmaker lied in order to push an antipsychotic on foster children. So why are kids as young as three still taking the drug?

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Cover Story: Foster Kids on Antipsychotics

    ​Here's a riddle: If the Texas Attorney General sues a drug manufacturer for allegedly lying about the safety and efficacy of one of its antipsychotics, why would the state agency that oversees the foster care system still allow that drug to be given to kids as young as three? Why would the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Debt Ceiling: The 10 Worst Tweets From the Texas GOP Congressional Delegation

    Tweets don't fail me now​As the GOP debates whether it wants the Tea Party to drive it (and the country) off a cliff by playing games with the debt ceiling, we looked to Twitter for the updates from our state's congresssional delegation. Oddly, the Republicans didn't tweet anything like "Yes, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Christina Clardy: West U Doctor, Two Others Convicted in $30 Million Medicaid Fraud

    Christina Clardy among those convicted.​Christina Clardy, a 61-year-old West U doctor, was convicted with two other people of running a massive Medicaid-and-money-laundering scam that somehow involved Nigerian tankers, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today. Kenneth Anokam, 56, and Niger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Planned Parenthood: Punched in the Uterus by Misguided Texas Senate

    More bad news for women who rely on Planned Parenthood.​A Texas Senate subcommittee wrangled the vulvas of Texas women into a chokehold yesterday with its latest assault on Planned Parenthood. Republican Senator Robert Deuell, who is a physician, introduced a bill to a three-member subcommitte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Bassey & Rose Essien: Father-Daughter Team With Million-Dollar Adult-Diaper Scam

    In this family, missy, we scam the government with adult diapers!!!​Keeping things in the family, passing knowledge from one generation to the next: It's a heartwarming American tradition, especially when it involves ripping off Medicaid for more than a million dollars with an adult-diaper sca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Richard Johnson: Parents Sue Over Texas' Handling of His Health Care

    Lawsuit over the state's medical care programs​Parents of a mentally handicapped man with cerebral palsy are suing Texas for cutting him from state-funded health care because he has turned 21. Richard Johnson requires 24-hour care and taking away his state-funded nursing care would create "an ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010
  • News

    December 2, 2010
  • News

    September 3, 2009

    The Burmese Come to Houston

    Get in, get out. Refugees have a shrinking window of support until it's time to fend for themselves.

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Psychologist's Fraud Arrest May Affect Trials He Testified In

    Photo courtesy Montgomery County Sheriff's OfficeMatthew Leddy, a local psychologist, was arrested late last month for theft and Medicaid fraud, accused of billing for work that he didn't perform, according to articles in the Houston Chronicle and the Conroe Courier. The articles don't mention, howe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Refugees In Houston Struggle With The Health-Care System Even More Than The Rest Of Us

    A Bhutanese refugee has been holed up in his southwest Houston apartment for months, downing pain killers. This isn't the new life he had in mind. Rubber sandals cover the mat outside the spare, dim apartment. The man is embedded in an easy chair. He periodically winces and grabs his stomach. ... More >>

  • News

    June 11, 2009

    The Recruit

    Places all over Houston want Trevor Falk and pitch the wonders of community life. He is 24 and has Down syndrome, which makes him a hot commodity for private group homes.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Guilty Of Medicaid Fraud? Depends

    If you're going to try to defraud the government, please -- for your own self-esteem -- choose a more glamorous plan than one involving adult diapers.When the announcement came in from the US Attorney's Office headlined that a local company owner had been "INDICTED IN ADULT DIAPER FRAUD CASE," we co ... More >>

  • News

    December 18, 2008

    Hispanics Delivered by Border Midwives Are Having Trouble Getting U.S. Passports: Location, Location

    Midwives further north say business is much better than for their counterparts to the south

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008
  • News

    June 26, 2008

    What Happens When Chronically Ill Kids Grow Up

    Physically disabled young adults who weren't supposed to live this long find themselves hemmed in by an unprepared heath care system

  • News

    May 3, 2007

    Mail Call

    Unhappy Customer

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Parish Predators

    Despite the bishopís remarks to the contrary, the Galveston-Houston Roman Catholic Archdiocese had child molesters and let them go. But donít blame just the Church.

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    Against All Odds

    A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.

  • News

    July 28, 2005
  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Bar X Views

    Plus: Junk Food, Junk Suits; Pigeon Hold, Meds for the Poor

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Falun Follow-up

    Plus: Porn Priorities?, House Woes, Sit on It

  • News

    July 4, 2002

    Med Check

    Texas can't decide whether to pay for drug-resistance tests that could prolong the lives of those with HIV. For John Termine, it's already too late.

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    Common Cents

    Area housing for the mentally ill remains deplorable, but a state subsidy might improve conditions

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    Con's Con

    A contained experiment in Medicaid finally gets uncovered

  • News

    November 22, 2001

    Letters, Week of November 22

    Fed Up with Feds, Still Reeling, Diabolical Docs

  • News

    October 11, 2001

    Paying the Price

    Hospital district officials wanted a simple one-sentence policy on immigrant health care. What they got instead was a criminal probe and plenty of politics.

  • News

    August 2, 2001

    Rx for Failure?

    MHMRA restricts Medicaid services at mental health clinic pharmacies

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    Catch Us If You Can

    Steve Chesser went to MHMRA for help. Sent home from its emergency clinic without medicine or therapy, he shot his and killed himself. Diagnosis: A mental health care system in free fall.

  • News

    September 14, 2000

    Letters 09-14-2000

    Blowing Smoke, Pay to Play, Ill Will

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    Drowning on Dry Land

    Rising asthma rates have experts scratching their heads - and children struggling to breathe

  • News

    November 25, 1999

    Downing

    Texas Lottery. Let's buy our tickets and bet on the day that Robert Arthur Pearson finally kills himself in public while we all watch

  • News

    October 28, 1999

    Strangers in Paradise

    Kosovar refugees in Houston fight to hang on in a land they don't understand

  • News

    August 19, 1999

    Dangerous Deficits

    Mental health cuts may come back to haunt the public

  • News

    July 17, 1997

    Holistic Touch

    Some ex-patients credit the mind-body therapy of New Age healer JoAnne Mandel with saving their lives. Others say her compassion stopped at the bottom line.

  • News

    December 16, 1993

    Old and In The Way

    How slow turnings of tiny bureaucratic gears grind up real Texans

  • More >>
Loading...