News stories from the past 60 days.
Aug 27, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced efforts to provide support for hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Louisiana and Texas in response to Hurricane Laura. Provides details on available waivers and flexibilities to continue operations, special enrollment opportunities for hurricane victims, and how local health officials can get information and supplies to serve Medicare beneficiaries in need of dialysis care.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Aug 27, 2020 - Features a student-run health clinic in Temple, Texas that offers basic healthcare and health education to the homeless and uninsured. Describes how medical students are given the opportunity to develop hands-on skills in a clinical setting while working with underserved populations.
Source: Texas A&M Today
Aug 26, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has declared a public health emergency in Louisiana and Texas as a result of Hurricane Laura. This declarations gives the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs created by the hurricane.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 6, 2020 - Features two Texas towns: Gail in North Texas, which has seen no cases of coronavirus; and Roma in the Rio Grande Valley, which has a large Latino population, high poverty rates, and an overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases. Compares the experiences of the two towns, as one takes precautions to stay COVID-free, while the other tries to survive.
Source: VOA News
EOP: Extension of the Use of the National Guard To Respond to COVID-19 and To Facilitate Economic Recovery - Texas Federal Register
Aug 6, 2020 - Executive Order from the Office of the President extending the use of National Guard Forces in Texas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through December 31, 2020. The cost of these activities will be fully funded by the federal government.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 4, 2020 - Features a small rural hospital on the Texas-Mexico border overwhelmed by a coronavirus outbreak in Rio Grande Valley. With no ICU beds and only 12 full-time doctors in the county, the hospital created a makeshift COVID-19 unit and began transporting severe cases to larger facilities.
Source: New York Times
Last Updated: 8/28/2020