Topic: Health Care

Balancing Budget With Cuts Alone Hurts Children Most of All

On this Valentine’s Day, Texas AFT and other organizations allied in the Texas Forward coalition invited legislators to reflect on the impact of pending budget cuts on the future of our state—its children. Texas Forward distributed a “Children and the Budget” fact sheet (see http://www.txforward.org/images/Children.pdf) today that lays out the evidence in plain and simple terms. The proposed cuts in...

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News from the Texas Teacher Retirement System

Pension Fund:  Texas AFT today urged the Texas Teacher Retirement System board of trustees to review its policies and standards and make any and all changes necessary to bar political interference in TRS investment decisions. Texas AFT spokesman Ted Melina Raab noted the recently disclosed allegations by a top TRS investment-staff insider of politically influenced decision-making, and he said TRS...

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Texas AFT Nurse Task Force to Meet

The Texas AFT School Nurse Task Force, chaired by Starla Reichek of the Houston Federation of Teachers, will convene in Austin on November 6 to plan ahead for the 2011 legislative session. High on the list of school nurses’ concerns will be inadequate nurse staffing at many Texas public schools. If you are interested in keeping up to date on...

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Online Resources on Children’s Health Help Educators Help Kids

The American Federation of Teachers marked yesterday’s Child Health Day by unveiling a new Web page (www.aft.org/childhealth) that focuses on the vital link between children's health and their academic success. As teacher Ronnie Moshi says on the page, "When my students come to class with health, social or mental issues such as homelessness, hunger, toothaches, they are often not able...

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Now in Force: Notable Provisions of New Health-Care Law

Some highly popular provisions of the new federal law on health care have taken effect. As of September 23, six months after passage of the new law, the following features are in force for all insurance plans: --Health-insurance providers are prohibited from discriminating against children under age 19 with pre-existing conditions. (The ban will go into effect for adults in...

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Seeking State Health-Care Savings: Do It With Us, Not to Us

The Texas Senate’s State Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Robert Duncan, Republican of Lubbock, is taking a new look at how to engineer cost savings in state-financed health-care programs. These include the state-run Teacher Retirement System’s programs for active and retired school employees and the Employees Retirement System’s plan for employees in higher education and at state agencies. Read More

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Texas AFT Defends Budgets for Children’s Health Care, Higher-Ed Health Benefits

Texas AFT's Ted Melina Raab testified at two more Legislative Budget Board hearings today, this time in defense of children's health care and higher-education health benefits. He noted Texas AFT's longstanding commitment to the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to Medicaid funding for children. "Our day-to-day experience has taught us that sick children, whether they are at home or...

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