Happy 50th Birthday Medicare & Medicaid

Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 years old this Thursday. While many new challenges face the program ahead, little doubt can be raised that the programs have been essential for many who have grown old in ill health, or who needed assistance while living in poverty. How these programs move forward under provisions of the Affordable Care Act and how they stay sustainable in the long run though will be part of the celebrations.
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Medicaid and Medicare at 50 (Journal of the American Medical Association)


Equal Rights Advocates and Opponents Line Up Again as City Begins to Consider Next Steps on HERO

With the Texas Supreme Court setting aside the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance until there is a referendum, supporters and opponents are getting vocal again before council.
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Houston Police Department Honors First African-American Officer in Headquarters Naming Ceremony

While the nation is in heated discussions about the poor state of police relations with Black communities, at least one bit of history within the Houston police department has come full circle. Monday, the City of Houston formerly renamed Houston Police Department headquarters after the city’s first African-American, and longest serving, officer, Edward Thomas. Hired onto the force in 1948, after the war, Officer Thomas was often treated as a second class citizen by his peers in HPD. And yet he prevailed and mentored other officers through the decades and became a role model for leaders like current police chief Charles McClelland.
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After long, honored police career, Houston’s ‘Mr. Thomas’ set to receive greatest tribute (Houston Chronicle)