Let’s help our uninsured Texans

05/29/2019

Blog by W. Stephen Love, President/CEO, DFW Hospital Council I recently read a fascinating article by the Kaiser Family Foundation analyzing uninsured adults in states not expanding Medicaid coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA expanded Medicaid coverage to nearly all adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). In examining … Read More

Love discusses looming ACA battle on KRLD

03/28/2019

In what is sure to make both national and international headlines, President Donald Trump has decided to aggressively pursue the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). DFW Hospital Council President/CEO W. Stephen Love discussed the latest updates this week in an interview with Mitch Carr on KRLD 1080 AM Radio. President Trump’s decision to kick off the battle to … Read More

Love discusses new FDA smoking policies on KRLD

03/19/2019

DFW Hospital Council President/CEO W. Stephen Love discussed the latest updates on potential U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policies concerning e-cigarettes during an interview last week with Mitch Carr on KRLD 1080 AM Radio. A new FDA policy drafted earlier this week could get flavored e-cigarette oils pulled off the shelf. The policy is aimed at preventing e-cigarette products … Read More

What is the single-payer system?

02/19/2019

Blog by W. Stephen Love, President/CEO, DFW Hospital Council In North Texas, we treat patients in our hospitals who support many cultural doctrines, so we steer clear of political discussion. We always try to advocate for public policy that improves coverage and treatment. We also strive to educate the community on emerging healthcare issues. With that said, let’s discuss the … Read More

Netherlands Ambassador visits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

05/17/2018

It was an international affair yesterday at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas as Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, visited the hospital to learn more about North Texas and U.S. healthcare. Schuwer is a friend of Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., chair of the board at Texas Scottish Rite and a former U.S. ambassador to … Read More

Maternal mortality – we own it

02/02/2018

Blog by W. Stephen Love, President/CEO of the DFW Hospital Council A Texas Congressman asked me if the alarming maternal mortality statistics within our state were true. Maternal mortality – when a mother dies from pregnancy related to complications while pregnant or within 42 days of giving birth – apparently doubled in Texas between 2010 and 2012. While the complete … Read More

Political policy should not be public health policy

01/11/2018

Blog by W. Stephen Love, President/CEO of the DFW Hospital Council Lawmakers’ promises they’ll soon renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are of little comfort to millions of children in the U.S. It is January 11, 2018, and nine million children are still in limbo because Congress will not reauthorize the health Insurance program. The wait has been an … Read More

End of Year Spending Bill—healthcare is missing!

12/21/2017

Blog by W. Stephen Love, President/CEO of the DFW Hospital Council While many are talking about the tax reform legislation ( passed yesterday ) this morning, some key elements missing from the Congressional end- of-year spending bill will impact providers and beneficiaries in healthcare. It appears the Children’s Health Insurance Program ( CHIP ) permanent funding will be pushed into … Read More

Fort Worth City Council votes 8-1 in favor of smoking ban

12/14/2017

The Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday voted 8-1 to approve updates to the city’s smoking ordinance. Beginning March 12, customers in Fort Worth bars and bingo parlors will no longer be able to smoke within the buildings. Fort Worth was one of the last major cities in Texas to still allow smoking in bars. The new law also prohibits … Read More

DFWHC to be present at tonight’s FW vote on city smoking ban

12/12/2017

The Fort Worth City Council will vote tonight on a proposed smoking ban that would extinguish cigarettes in bars and bingo halls, and limit where smoke shops can be located within the city. If the vote passes, it could take effect within 90 days. DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) President/CEO W. Stephen Love will be present prior to the vote and … Read More