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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Oceans Healthcare opens its first Central Texas mental health hospital

Oceans Behavioral Hospital San Marcos, a 24-bed senior psychiatric facility, began accepting patients last week in a renovated former gym at 1106 N. Interstate 35.

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Senior healthcare provider converting former gym into psychiatric hospital

Oceans Healthcare, a Lake Charles, La.-based owner and operator of adult and geriatric mental health facilities, plans to build a 24-bed acute psychiatric care hospital in San Marcos, company executives announced today.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Letter: Rep. Smith says ‘America’s veterans deserve the best care possible, as soon as possible’

U.S. Rep. LAMAR SMITH writes that acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson assured him in a meeting last week that he is committed to correcting problems that have plagued VA hospitals and clinics in San Antonio...

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Animation: How the health insurance marketplace works

The online health insurance marketplace that the federal government launched on Oct. 1 offers dozens of health plans and tax credits. Some consumers have found the application process confusing and technically frustrating. This Tribune animation explains how the...

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

More Texans signing up for health plans but enrollment still tiny

By the end of November, 14,000 Texans had purchased coverage through healthcare.gov — the second-highest number in the U.S. but a statistically insignificant participation rate in a state with more than 26 million residents.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

CTMC surgeon performs 500th procedure with robot

A little more than 18 months after Central Texas Medical Center plunked down $2 million for a da Vinci robotic surgery system, more than 500 patients have undergone procedures employing the cutting-edge instrument.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

In Texas, uncertainty about health plan cancellation uproar

Many Texans in individual health care plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act have been spared cancellation notices. But for the Texans whose plans have been dropped, health care experts are encouraging them to proceed...

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Lamar Smith: Don’t fix Healthcare.gov, deep-six it

In this guest column, the veteran Central Texas congressman says hearings of the House’s Science Committee he chairs uncovered gaping security flaws in Healthcare.gov that expose users’ personal information to hackers. Smith writes, “It’s clear that not...

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Few Texans have found health coverage through Obamacare

Fewer than 3,000 Texans successfully found private health insurance during the first month of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period to purchase a health plan through an online federal marketplace, according to figures released Wednesday by...

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Report: Obamacare to raise premiums in Texas

The Affordable Care Act will increase the average cost of insurance premiums, making health care less affordable for those Texans on whom the system financially depends, according to a report from a conservative think tank.

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