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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Fort Worth-based Woodmont plans $80M Hard Rock Hotel retail center

Woodmont Outlets of Fort Worth, an affiliate of The Woodmont Co., has partnered with Cherokee Nation Businesses for a proposed upscale retail development at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Fort Worth firm 'simplifies' advertising

Reaching customers requires more than price slashing and flashy ads. In today’s competitive marketplace, machines – not men and women – are essential to tapping new markets and

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Trinity Valley School leader to leave in May 2015

Gary Krahn, head of school for the past eight years at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, will leave his position in May 2015 when he and his wife Paula will move

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14,000-plus Texans pick insurance exchange plans

 

WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — About 14,000 Texans enrolled for health insurance in October and November on the embattled federal online exchange, nearly five times more than successfully navigated the site during its rocky opening month, but still a tiny tally for such a large state, according to figures released Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that Texas trailed only Florida and its nearly 18,000 signups over the same two-month period for the highest number of enrollees among the 36 states relying on federally run health insurance marketplaces.

In all, 14,038 Texans selected a plan between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, while almost 118,600 applied, seeking coverage for more than 244,700 people — including themselves and others, like spouses and children.

The numbers are improving from the site's problem-plagued opening weeks: Only 2,991 Texans managed to select a health insurance plan in October. Because the state has the highest rate of uninsured Americans — more than 23 percent — there's still a long way to go.

Texas is using the federal health exchange website because the GOP-controlled state Legislature opted not to create a state-run marketplace as part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Gov. Rick Perry also has refused to enact a provision in the new health law to expand Medicaid and cover more of the working poor.

As of the end of last month, about 137,000 people total had enrolled in the 36 states served by the federal website — that was up from nearly 27,000 in October. Enrolment was stronger in the 14 states running their own websites, where nearly 227,500 picked health care plans through November compared with less than 79,400 in October alone.

Time is running short as consumers face a Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for coverage to start Jan. 1. Federal officials have scrambled to revamp the federal site at HealthCare.gov, but some problems remain.

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, who chairs the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, said Wednesday that 22 Texas counties comprise the top 30 nationally that stand to see the most dramatic increases in rate of health insurance coverage.

On a conference call with reporters and White House personnel touting how important the law can be for Hispanics, Martinez Fischer said of the new numbers: "You can't help but be optimistic."

"The terrain in Texas on everything is extremely uphill," the San Antonio Democrat said, referring to Perry and the Legislature's fierce opposition to the law. "To know that there are people who, despite those odds, are still enrolling is encouraging."

Martinez Fisher also added, however: "We still have more work to do."
 

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