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Affordable Care Act Stands
Texans respond to Supreme Court ruling
DAILY News  June 28, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Republican Party dragged the Affordable Care Act to the US Supreme Court, sure that the conservative-leaning would throw it out. And now they are slackjawed as the highest court in the land supported Obamacare in a five-four decision...."

ACC Throws Book at Affordable Care Act
Administrators trim adjunct faculty hours to avoid providing health coverage
News Story  December 13, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's not institutions of public education. But adjunct lecturers at Austin Community College face a pay cut as the college administration dodges giving them coverage under the Affordable Care Act...."

A Future for the Affordable Care Act?
Foundation Communities: Obamacare is safe through 2017
News Story  November 23, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...The Affordable Care Act faces an uncertain future under Donald Trump, but Austin nonprofit Foundation Communities assures us Obamacare won't disappear in 2017. Contracts remain in place with insurance companies to guarantee at least one more year of the ACA's current structure..."

No Room at the Health Care Inn
State policies endangering women's lives in the Valley
DAILY News  November 12, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Those are among the dark facts included in a new human rights report released today by the Center for Reproductive Rights in collaboration with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. The report, "Nuesta Voz, Nuestra Salud, Nuestro Texas: The Fight for Women's Reproductive Health in the Rio Grande Valley," makes the case that health outcomes for women living in four counties of the RGV (Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron Counties) are far worse than those of women in other parts of the state..."

Perry Rejects Health Care for Texas
Governor throws away $13 billion in funds
DAILY News  July 9, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Just because the US Supreme Court tells Texas that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, that doesn't mean Gov. Rick Perry is going to enforce it..."

Health Care: Diminishing Returns
GOP legislators look for additional cuts to health care
News Story  January 8, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...With the continuing damage inflicted upon women's health care since the 2011 session, including the dramatic impact of omnibus anti-abortion HB 2, some 2015 lawmakers will be trying to mitigate the destruction – while others will surely take the opportunity to further restrict abortion providers and reproductive health care...."

Health Care Equality
Obamacare and the LGBTQ community
News Story  January 29, 2015, by Sarah Marloff
"...While Texas is still stubbornly defending its same-sex marriage ban, under the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that overturned Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, legally married same-sex couples are guaranteed the same federal benefits as other married couples. Because health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is a federal benefit, all legally married couples – queer or not – are eligible to be on the same insurance plan...."

Health Care Changes in Progress
What's already in effect and what's still to come
News Story  July 27, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Since its passage in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been steadily overhauling the cumbersome American health care market. Here's a sampling of what has already taken effect under the law..."

Waiting on Health Care
Health care changes kicking in ever so slowly
News Story  October 22, 2010, by Michael King
"...Although it's hard to tell from the political campaigns, federal health care reform – officially the March 2010 Affordable Care Act – has slowly begun to change U.S. health care procedures, although the full effects won't be felt for several years..."

Health Care for All ... or Just Some?
Misappropriating funds or marketing?
News Story  November 21, 2017, by Michael King
"...Lewis called the two Central Health billboards (as well as related media ads) as "fluff" designed only "to improve the board and staff's reputation with their well-educated, elite friends, not enroll residents in the ACA [Affordable Care Act] or provide public health awareness." He denounced the marketing campaign as a waste of taxpayer funds aimed at "economic development" instead of health care for the poor. Lewis also denounced the agency because, he said, Community Care Collabor­at­ive, "a nonprofit set up by CH to operate its Inte­grated Delivery System, has refused in the last month to produce financial documents, claiming it is not subject to the Public Information Act or Open Meetings Act." He said Central Health is spending millions in public money, "but there is no transparency, no accountability." (Lewis has also sued Central Health over its funding of the UT-Dell Medical School.)..."

Health Care Protest at Ted Cruz's Office
PHOTO GALLERY  June 26, 2017
"...When I turned 24 and was kicked off my parent's plan, I got rejected from multiple healthcare companies because I had lost 50 pounds of weight under a doctor's supervision and also had childhood asthma. It was really arbitrary what they could deny you coverage for, and it took me forever to find a plan that would actually cover me..."

Reproductive Health Care: Same Story, New Target
Fallout from the 84th Texas legislative session
News Story  June 4, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...On the overall health care front, Texas once again failed to make any substantial traction in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (despite early rumblings from Abbott), leaving behind an estimated 1 million Texans stuck in the "coverage gap." And plans to consolidate the state's health agencies into one "mega agency" were scaled back after a high-profile contracting scandal plagued the department; under SB 200 three, instead of five, of the state's health-related agencies (the Health and Human Services Commission, and the Departments of Aging and Disability Ser­vices, and Assistive and Rehab­ili­tative Services) are slated to become one by 2017. The bill also creates an advisory committee to offer recommendations on the proposed consolidation of the state's women's health programs...."

Nonprofits and the City's Quest for Affordable Housing
Helping usher Austin out of a quagmire of inequality
News Story  July 13, 2017, by Joseph Caterine
"...Diverse as its tactics may be, the blue­print orients its overall approach to the housing market: Should things go as planned, for-profit developers will be building the bulk of the target 135,000 housing units in the next 10 years, including the much-needed affordable units. On the periphery of that undertaking are the city's nonprofit affordable housing providers..."

Solar Helps Keep Eastside Homes Affordable
Thanks to neighborhood-based nonprofit Blackland CDC
News Story  September 12, 2008, by Daniel Mottola
"...More than just a residence, the duplex is a study in the power of the grassroots to provide low-income housing solutions, plus a living lesson in the real-world challenges of making residential solar power work and proof that rooftop renewable energy can make sense for everybody. On a recent Saturday evening, about 100 neighbors and volunteers gathered in the back yard over beer, barbecue, and live R&B to celebrate the activation of the duplex's sizable 8-kilowatt solar system...."

Obamacare 101
The Affordable Care Act rolls out October 1 – here's your first day's syllabus
News Story  September 27, 2013, by Michael King
"...To judge from recent headlines out of D.C., you might think the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka "Obama­care") is on the ropes, just waiting for yet another repeal vote from the U.S. House, or another grandstanding filibuster from Sens..."

“Get Signed Up Now!”
Doggett highlights enrollment deadline for Affordable Care Act
DAILY News  January 30, 2017, by Michael King
"...Austin/San Antonio Congressman Lloyd Doggett visited Foundation Communities Monday morning, reminding Austinites that the deadline for enrolling in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 12 midnight..."

Public Education Back Under Fire
Republicans set anti-school agenda at national and state level
DAILY News  November 10, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Democrats have spent their post-election depression fearing that the GOP is hoping to roll back the Affordable Care Act. But as the Republican agenda gets rolled out, it's pretty clear that the right wing is gunning hard for public schools...."

Dr. Perry vs. Obamacare
Whatever Gov. Tough Guy says, Texas health care is about to get a federal upgrade
News Story  July 27, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Even after Gov. Rick Perry unilaterally declared that he would not expand Medicaid coverage, nor would he instruct the state Health and Human Services Commission to establish a state health insurance exchange, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continues on its path to full implementation on Jan..."

Point Austin: From Resistance to Sabotage
Obstructing health care navigators is GOP politics, not patient protection
News Column  January 10, 2014, by Michael King
"...In the state with the highest percentage of residents without such coverage, Perry has resolutely refused to expand Medicaid; setting aside the humanitarian and public health consequences, emergency hospital care has driven up hospital and health insurance prices – and property taxes – across the state. His implacable and blatantly political opposition to the federal Affordable Care Act has been among the most obstinate, even among Republican governors, and continues despite the fact that nationwide, millions of people have now acquired health insurance under the law, in addition to those of us who have benefited from broader coverage the law mandates...."

Point Austin: It's About Community
Health care a matter of equity and common humanity
News Column  July 6, 2012, by Michael King
"...If you're collecting absurd reactions to last week's Supreme Court decision on the federal Affordable Care Act – aka Obama­care – you could start with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who initially announced that the court had ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional. "The decision marks a turning point in constitutional history," wrote Abbott..."

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