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Travis Central Health board mulls tax increase of $7 for average home

Posted: July 19th, 2015

By Mary Ann Roser, American-Statesman Staff

The Central Health board is currently working on health care service budgets totaling nearly $450 million for Travis County. In the process, they’re deciding on how much the average property tax bill will rise. Normally, this tax rate is set in July or August, but this year the Board doesn’t expect to have a definite figure until early September.

Doctors tussle with insurers – and sometimes patients lose, too

Posted: July 18th, 2015

By Mary Ann Roser, American-Statesman Staff                                                          

Most patients aren’t aware of the behind-the-scenes tussle between doctors and insurance companies claiming overpayment for care and expecting a refund. This common struggle, however, is leaving doctors frustrated and distracted, and even driving some to no longer accept certain coverage.

Now is the time to find Travis County inmate medical care solutions

Posted: July 21st, 2015

By Editorial Board, American-Statesman Staff

The Statesman’s Editorial Board expresses the opinion that Travis County has struggled with adequate care for ill inmates for far too long. Balancing security and access to necessary health has been a challenge with significant costs to public safety and taxpayers, and the Board feels it’s time to discuss how the new teaching hospital will safely deliver medical services to Travis County prisoners.