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The Doctor Could See You Now At School: One Of Hundreds Of New State Laws

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More than half of about 1,200 bills state lawmakers passed in 2015 become law September 1. Among them: One law allows doctors to be paid for seeing students in the state’s Medicaid program at school over a sophisticated form of video chat. 

The idea stemmed from a similar program in the Children’s Health hospital system in North Texas involving students at more than two dozen North Texas schools. AyanMittra, Managing Editorof the Texas Tribune, talked about this and other new laws.

For more information:

31 Days, 31 Ways: 31 ways Texans' lives will change come September 1 

Video: Remote Doctor Visits in School

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UOfwUqNE_k

Sam Baker is KERA's senior editor and local host for Morning Edition. The native of Beaumont, Texas, also edits and produces radio commentaries and Vital Signs, a series that's part of the station's Breakthroughs initiative. He also was the longtime host of KERA 13’s Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the Record. He also won an Emmy in 2008 for KERA’s Sharing the Power: A Voter’s Voice Special, and has earned honors from the Associated Press and the Public Radio News Directors Inc.