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Texas Kids at Risk of Undercount in 2020 Census

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Texas ranks 43rd in child well-being – which makes it one of the ten worst states for kids, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report ranks states for indicators of health, education, economic well-being and family and community. Kristie Tingle, research associate at the Center […]

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Survey Recommends Policy Solutions for Bullied LGBTQ Youths

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – A new survey shows high rates of depression and anxiety among LGBTQ teens nationwide. Advocates say lawmakers could do more to ensure kids aren’t bullied based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Human Rights Campaign surveyed 12,000 kids age 13-17 who identify as LGBTQ. Ellen Kahn, director of the Children, […]

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Trump’s Inexpensive Coverage Could Come with a Price

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas — The Trump administration has cleared the way for an unprecedented expansion of inexpensive health insurance that critics say will drive up prices for more comprehensive plans. The new federal regulation allows small employers to join together to create so-called association health plans, which are exempt from some critical insurance safeguards. […]

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Trump Signs Order to End Separations Condemned by Pediatricians

by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Following widespread outrage over the forced separation of children from their parents arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally along the southern U.S. border, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the practice. Trump previously had said he could not end the separations, repeatedly blamed […]

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$10 Million Going Toward Health Services in TX

by Katherine Davis-Young HOUSTON – Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation, according to census data. So one nonprofit is launching a big effort to try to get more Texans access to health services. The Episcopal Health Foundation is investing $10 million in dozens of health programs in Texas. According to Brian Sasser, communications […]

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Could Rule Change Improve Rural Health Care in Texas?

by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – There are more than 300 medically under-served communities in Texas that some groups say could be better served by a change in regulations. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, known as APRNs, are fully trained to treat and diagnose acute and chronic illnesses, and practice full primary care. But rules in Texas […]

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Mental-Health Tips Offered for Returning Santa Fe Students

by Eric Galatas SANTA FE, Texas – As Santa Fe High School students head back into the classroom today, mental-health experts want them to know that help is available. Holly Doggett, the executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says students headed back into classrooms may experience PTSD symptoms similar […]

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Texas Communities Planting Seeds of Protection Before Next Big Storm

by Stephanie Carson SAN ANTONIO – Hurricane Harvey left its mark on the Houston area, tying with Hurricane Katrina for the most costly storm at $125 billion in damage. For the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), the storm is a cautionary tale of the dangers of not preparing for the next big storm, and SARA assistant […]

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Texas A&M Couple Overcomes Obstacles, Thrives On Road To Graduation

by Elena Watts, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications COLLEGE STATION — Hillary and Scott Oswald met in first grade at Pebble Creek Elementary School in College Station and married last December.  They have not only overcome obstacles but also excelled while pursuing their undergraduate degrees at Texas A&M University. Hillary, who is legally blind as […]

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Study: Texas Has High Rate of Food Insecurity, Hunger

by Mark Richardson LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas ranks among the top states in the country for food insecurity, according to a new report, with more than 4.3 million people who may not know where their next meal is coming from. The report, “Map the Meal Gap,” also finds that the Lone Star State has an especially […]

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