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Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion clinic restrictions
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.
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Southern opposition to Obamacare not monolithic, could change, new report says
By Paul Demko | August 25, 2014
The South has been a hotbed of opposition to Obamacare with the vast majority of states there opting not to expand Medicaid or establish state-based exchanges, two pillars of the federal healthcare law.
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In Texas, Obama offers healthcare pep talk
By Associated Press | November 07, 2013
President Barack Obama traveled to the heart of the "Obamacare" opposition Wednesday, declaring that ideological rigidity was denying health insurance to millions of Americans.
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Texas abortion limits unconstitutional, federal judge rules
By Associated Press | October 28, 2013
A federal judge has determined that new Texas abortion restrictions violate the U.S. Constitution, a ruling that keeps open—at least for now—dozens of abortion clinics that were set to halt operations Tuesday had the law taken effect.
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Reform Update: Medicaid expansion or not, states will see higher enrollment, spending in 2014, study finds
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 08, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States planning to expand income eligibility for their Medicaid programs next year as well as those not planning to expand eligibility can expect higher enrollment and spending growth than in 2013, according to the findings of a new report. But states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the...
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Texas gov. touts effects of tort reform on doctors
By Christopher Sherman / Associated Press | September 10, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry chose a South Texas county that he said had been at the epicenter of the medical malpractice lawsuit "crisis" to commemorate the 10th anniversary of legislation capping how much juries could award plaintiffs.
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Sebelius touts healthcare law in Texas
By Chris Tomlinson / Associated Press | August 08, 2013
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the Obama administration is open to talks with Texas about expanded healthcare for the poor.
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Perry orders probe of rural hospital chain
By Associated Press | July 21, 2013
Aides to Gov. Rick Perry say he has ordered a "deep and comprehensive look" at healthcare facilities owned by a Dallas-area physician whose rural hospitals have violated safety regulations without drawing state scrutiny.
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Texas Republicans pass abortion bill; Dems vow fight
By Chris Tomlinson and Will Weissert / Associated Press | July 13, 2013
Republicans in the Texas Legislature passed an omnibus abortion bill that is one of the most restrictive in the nation, but Democrats vowed Saturday to fight both in the courts and the ballot box as they used the measure to rally their supporters.
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Texas House passes contentious abortion bill
By Chris Tomlinson / Associated Press | July 11, 2013
The Texas House has approved new abortion limits in a second special session, less than two weeks after Senate Republicans failed to finish work on the bill amid a filibuster and raucous protests.
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