Tag: Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Texas Governor Removes Appointee Who Helped Iraq Lobby Out of Travel Ban, Report Says

Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked for the resignation of the State’s Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector general (IG) after reports that he worked for the Iraqi government as a consultant. A Texas news outlet revealed the IG assisted Iraq in getting removed from President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily restricting travel to the U.S. from certain countries.

Texas Senate Votes to Wipe Out State Refugee Office

The arrival of refugees in the Lone Star State, most particularly Syrian refugees, has been a source of consternation for Texans and the state’s Governor. Activists pushed back against Governor Greg Abbott’s order to stop the state from helping to resettle Syrian refugees. The Texas attorney general filed suit against the federal government. Now the Texas Senate has voted to eradicate the State’s refugee office.

Planned Parenthood Asks Judge to Block Medicaid Cuts by Texas

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood filed an application for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction late Friday night asking the judge in the litigation over Medicaid cuts to prevent Texas from defunding Medicaid to the abortion provider. Officials in Texas took action after gruesome videos filmed at various Planned Parenthood facilities, including the mega-abortion facility in Houston, Texas were released.

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Texas to Obama: Certify that Refugees Do ‘Not Pose a Security Threat’

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission put the Obama Administration on notice with regard to requirements that must be met before Syrian refugees are resettled in the Lone Star State. This includes the prerequisite that the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement certify that “each refugee does not pose a security threat” to people of Texas.

Planned Parenthood Suing Texas in Fight for Medicaid Funding

Planned Parenthood is suing the State of Texas in a fight to continue to receive Medicaid dollars. Officials for the state stopped the abortion provider from receiving these funds after numerous undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of baby parts and tissue. The state’s halt of dollars includes millions in federal dollars it distributes, as well as hundreds of thousands of state dollars.

Texas Senate Investigates Planned Parenthood over Sales of Aborted Baby Body Parts

The Texas Senate Health and Human Services committee began their investigation on aborted baby body part sales and questioned witnesses at the state Capitol for over four hours on Wednesday. The committee met to examine the business practices and regulatory structure of Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, and to investigate whether state or federal laws were broken with regard to the donation and/or sale of fetal tissue.

Rick Perry’s 2012 Appointee Resigns Amid Scandals

On Friday, Gov. Abbott announced the departure of Kyle Janek as executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Janek, a former Texas state representative and senator, was appointed to the position in 2012 by then-Governor Rick Perry.

Abbott Appoints New Inspector General for Plagued State Health Agency

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Stuart W. Bowen, Jr. as Inspector General for the plagued Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The previous Inspector General stepped down on December 31st when Governor Rick Perry asked him to do so. The state agency has been in the midst of a controversy relative to an alleged no-bid contract given 21CT. State and federal probes have been initiated.