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Negative health implications of anti-abortion laws

Restricting abortion and enforcing anti-abortion laws can be viewed as denying women access to what the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others, states is essential medical care, said Rola El-Serag, director of the Center for Health & Biosciences. “It has been made clear ... that the best medical decisions are made between the provider and the patient, without third-party interference and without operating under a climate of fear.” Watch the interview on Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall. | May 16, 2022, 8:59 a.m.

A solution to the home health worker shortage?

Care worker co-ops could improve access to health care in low-income communities shut out by larger, higher priced, home health care services, said health policy fellow Vivian Ho. "The fewer services controlled by large, integrated networks, the better. That leads to job growth and closer contact [from workers who have] an understanding of the community they’re serving." Read more at the Houston Chronicle. | April 19, 2022, 10:45 a.m.

Marks: Health does not exist in a vacuum

In her nine years as founding CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, nonresident fellow Elena Marks helped build a start-up into a $1.4 billion philanthropic organization dedicated to more broadly improving health as well as health care, reports the Houston Chronicle. Read the feature on her upcoming retirement. | April 8, 2022, 10:20 a.m.

The cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion?

Texas left $100 billion on the table by failing to expand Medicaid, gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke has said. Health policy fellow Vivian Ho believes it could be more, citing the multiplier effect. "Federal dollars the state would not receive otherwise ... boost the economy in general," she told the Austin American Statesman. | Jan. 17, 2022, 5:06 p.m.