San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas



Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Lamar Smith: Don’t fix, 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 that expose users’ personal information to hackers. Smith writes, “It’s clear that not only is the website vulnerable, it’s under attack.”

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Millions in rebates doled out to insured Texans

As if perfectly cued to election season, multimillion-dollar rebates are being doled out across America by insurance companies thanks to a new rule in the federal Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Updated: Texas won’t implement key elements of health reforms

Texas will not expand Medicaid or establish a health insurance exchange, two major tenets of the federal health reform that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld last month, Gov. Rick Perry said in an early morning announcement.

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Verbatim: Local reaction to Supreme Court decision upholding healthcare law


Thursday, June 21st, 2012

DePagter to administer CTMC physicians group

Dr. Lenore DePagter has been named practice administrator of Live Oak Health Partners Primary & Specialty Care, a physicians group managed by Central Texas Medical Center.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Doggett to address Texas State Democrats healthcare rally

Fresh from Washington where he cast a vote for the House's historic healthcare bill, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett will headline a rally at Texas State University on Tuesday in support of health insurance reform.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Freethought San Marcos: Paying for prayer and other nonsense

There may be many reasons that making laws has been compared to making sausage, but the one that comes to mind with respect to the health insurance bills wending their way through Congress is this: They include...

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Freethought San Marcos: Lies and distortions about health insurance reform continue

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS It’s nothing new when politicians spin, lie, distort, and deceive about public issues. And the partisan divide in Washington is becoming as vast as outer space. Unfortunately, it...

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Hays helps fund startup of small business health insurance program

The Hays County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to join Williamson County and the Travis County Healthcare District in providing start-up funding for a three-county program that would help small businesses offer their employees affordable health care.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

County, hospitals hosting town meetings on healthcare

Seton Family of Hospitals, Central Texas Medical Center, CommuniCare Health Centers and the Hays County Health Coalition joining county officials for sessions that start March 16.