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Legislative Challenge:

Finding a Way to Cover the Uninsured in Texas

With the Texas state legislature back in session, one of the biggest issues they will deal with is health care. With Texas leading the nation in uninsured, hospitals want lawmakers to figure out a way for the state to draw down billions in federal Affordable Care Act dollars to cover them, and alleviate the burden on local taxpayers. And although there is strong opposition to this already among Republican lawmakers, some think a solution being used in San Antonio might be a model for a particularly Texan solution.
(Video: Texas Tribune)

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

 

Houston’s Homeless Resolve to Get Off The Streets

As a new year is here, and cold nights are looming, homeless people and their advocates reflect on their own resolutions. (Video: KHOU 11 News)

Down for the Count Houston’s Homeless Population Has Dropped Dramatically Over the Last 3 Years (SwampLot)

Houston Protests Build Over Jordan Baker Shooting, Joining National Debate on Police Shootings

Although their numbers were smaller then many anticipated, local civil rights and justice reform advocates rallied this week around the case of Jordan Baker, a young, unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer nearly a year ago. Recently a grand jury declined to indict the officer in the killing, sparking local anger similar to that seen in many other cities this year. (Video: KTRK 13 News)

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RELATED: Editorial: Houston’s challenge in police shootings (Houston Chronicle)