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Contract High is an occasional series looking at how Texas outsourced crucial state services for two decades - and got smoked. Three years ago, a company called Geo Care Inc. failed to win a contract from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to privatize the Kerrville State Hospital, one of the state's 10 psychiatric facilities. Comment?
House Speaker Joe Straus released his committee assignments Wednesday, including new chairmen for the two high-profile committees that will take the lead on writing the budget and crafting tax cuts. Straus picked state Rep. John Otto , R-Dayton, as chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which crafts the chamber's budget plan. Comment?
Because they did a relatively good job keeping patients happy and alive, among other measures, a slim majority of Texas hospitals have earned But what Medicare giveth, it taketh away. Many of the hospitals earning performance bonuses won't see any cash as a result, Under a change mandated by federal health reform, more than 6 percent of Medicare payments to hospitals are now contingent on performance. Comment?
Scott Louis Panetti entered Texas prison with a well-documented psychiatric history, including two involuntary commitments at Kerrville State Hospital, and lengthy inpatient stays at Veterans Administration hospitals in Waco, Kerrville and his home state of Wisconsin. He had buried furniture in the yard. Comment?
Gov. Rick Perry announces a 5 percent cut in the Texas franchise tax for small business on April 15, 2013. In the background are Rep. Harvey Hildebran, R-Kerrville, Gary Farmer of the Austin Chamber and MIke Morrissey of the governor's staff. Comment?
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