Healthcare News

Here is an app that will make a difference in our community

February 14, 2017 – The Galveston County Daily News – By – Heber Taylor
The Jesse Tree is about to launch an app. A test version should be available by March 1 at

Texas’ uninsured rates improving

September 14, 2016 – The Galveston County Daily News – By – Marissa Barnett
More Texans gained health insurance in 2015, but the state still has the highest number and percentage ofuninsured residents, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday.

Local activists: Applications are due Monday

March 30, 2014 – The Galveston County Daily News – From Staff Reports
Activists in Galveston County are trying to spread the word that Monday is the deadline for enrolling in an individual health plan under the Affordable Care Act.

Health care reform kicks in Tuesday

September 28, 2013 – The Galveston County Daily News – By Laura Elder
The cornerstone of the Obama administration’s sweeping, controversial health care reform launches Tuesday, requiring the uninsured to buy health coverage within six months or risk financial penalties from the federal government.

County sets a low threshold for help with indigent care

June 27, 2013 – The Galveston County Daily News – Guest Column By Joe Compian
By a vote of 4-1, the Galveston County commissioners, on a motion by Commissioner Kevin Clark of League City, lowered the income eligibility level for the county’s medically indigent program from 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level – FPL – to 35 percent of FPL.

State takes charity care money from UTMB

April 1, 2013 – Houston Chronicle – By Harvey Rice
Texas is diverting millions of dollars of federal money intended to reimburse three state-owned hospitals for uninsured care and shortfalls in Medicaid payments.

UTMB charity policy talks break down

March 23, 2013 – Houston Chronicle – By Harvey Rice
The University of Texas Medical Branch is refusing futher changes to its charity policy after nearly a year of talks with a Galveston County advocacy group that says the policy is incomprehensible and unfair.

No Insurance, No Service at UTMB Galveston

August 15, 2012 – The Texas Observer – By Melissa del Bosque
For nearly a centure, the Univesity of Tecas Mecial Branch at Galveston was proof that the Texas health care system had a heart. UTMB, a state-subsidized nonprofit teaching hospital, treated uninsured, chronically ill Texans who had nowhere else to go. Those halcyon days are over.

Talks on UTMB charity care fall flat

June 24, 2012 – Houston Chronicle – By Harvey Rice
Two months of secret negotiations over the University of Texas Medical Branch’s much critizized charity policy ended in failure after UTMB refused to accept changes offered by two community groups.

Illegal immigrant patient finds shelter after all

December 23, 2011 – Houston Chronicle – By Harvey Rice
…After Gulf Coast Interfaith intervened on his behalf in October, UTMB continued to provide medical care while…