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Happy Thursday! Talk less, listen more.

⛈ Today's weather: Severe thunderstorms tonight. High in the low 80s.

ğŸŽµ Sounds like: "Stacy's Mom"

⚽ Situational awareness: The Dallas City Council approved a deal yesterday to bring a women's pro soccer team to the Cotton Bowl as part of a new league.

Today's newsletter is 913 covered words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Medicaid removals exceed projections

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Texas removed far more children from its Medicaid rolls last year than observers expected, per a new report. State officials say the numbers are in line with their projections.

Why it matters: Even brief gaps in insurance can disrupt care and worsen health outcomes — especially for children, per an Urban Institute analysis.

  • In Texas, many children and adults lost coverage for procedural reasons like missed paperwork — not necessarily because they were ineligible.

Catch up quick: States paused regular Medicaid eligibility checks during the pandemic, allowing people to keep coverage. They began rechecking in April 2023.

  • That led to a cascade of problems stemming from overwhelmed technology, outdated information about Medicaid recipients, and a lack of resources for state employees.

State of play: Texas has removed more than 2 million people from its Medicaid program since last April, per the most recent state data.

Zoom in: As of November, eight states — including Texas — disenrolled more than 100% of the Urban Institute's projected numbers over the last year.

  • Texas' net overall disenrollment exceeded 117% of the think tank's projections — and exceeded projections by 178% for disenrollment of children alone.

Threat level: "This suggests that many eligible people may be among those losing Medicaid and raises the possibility that this problem may increase," Matthew Buettgens, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, said in a statement.

The other side: "Our Medicaid enrollment is in line with our ... projections and what we anticipated our disenrollments to be at this time," Texas Health and Human Services Commission spokesperson Tiffany Young tells Axios.

What's next: Texas has until the end of the month to finish eligibility checks, Young says.

2. ♻️ Irving-based Boy Scouts to ditch gendered name

An Eagle Scout merit badge sash. Photo: Al Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Irving-based Boy Scouts of America will change its name to Scouting America next year to be more inclusive.

Why it matters: The rebranding of the more than century-old organization comes after widespread allegations of abuse by former members and a careful exit plan from bankruptcy.

Driving the news: The organization announced the new name this week and said it will go into effect in February.

  • "This will be a simple but very important evolution as we seek to ensure that everyone feels welcome in Scouting," the group's president and CEO Roger Krone said.

Context: Boy Scouts began accepting girls in 2019.

  • The organization serves more than 176,000 girls and young women, including over 6,000 Eagle Scouts.

Flashback: More than 80,000 people have said they were sexually abused as children within the Boy Scouts organization.

  • The claims dating back decades resulted in a lawsuit that ended last year with the country's largest sexual abuse settlement of $2.46 billion.
  • The settlement allowed the organization to go through with its reorganization plan to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

What we're watching: How Boy Scouts' transition to a more inclusive name will affect Girl Scouts of America.

3. ğŸŽŠ Axios Dallas Weekender: Mother's Day edition

A weekend as sweet as pie. Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

🤠 Gather your cowgirls. The Fort Worth Stockyards will host The Cowgirl Gathering with barrel racing and roping at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. The weekend events lead into the Women's Rodeo World Championship next week.

  • Cowgirl events today through Sunday. Free.

🤠 Shake what your mama gave ya. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra offers an instrumental spin to country music, featuring hits from artists such as Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and Kacey Musgraves.

  • Shows Friday-Sunday. Tickets start at $32.

🥊 Pick a fight. The Peak Fighting Championship is coming to Dallas this weekend to promote mixed martial arts.

  • 5pm Saturday at The Factory in Deep Ellum. Tickets start at $40.

💐 Shop together. The Dallas Arboretum is hosting a Mother's Day Market and live music in the garden. Plus, make reservations for tea in the DeGolyer House for $59 per person.

  • Market open 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday. Cost of entry.

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4. ğŸ—ž Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

You don't need a gauge to know it's hot out. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

💸 Fort Worth is considering more property tax breaks for seniors and people with disabilities. (Star-Telegram)

⚾ The MLB and Texas Rangers are hiring for 600 part-time positions for All-Star Weekend this summer in Arlington. (WFAA)

⚖️ A 63-year-old Dallas woman was sentenced to life in prison for the death of her 1-month-old grandson. (DMN)

5. 🤑 One solid gift idea to go

Nothing says "I love you" like cookies and gold. Photo: Courtesy of Tiff's Treats

If you're still searching for a grand gesture for Mom, you can order her a box of Tiff's Treats — and a bar of gold.

Driving the news: Austin-based Tiff's Treats is branching out from chocolate chips to gold bullion, riding a wave of global interest in the precious metal.

Why it matters: The initiative is a way for the cookie delivery company to expand its appeal in this Amazon-fueled age of immediate gratification.

How it works: Instead of paying about $21 for a box of a dozen chocolate chip cookies to be delivered to your friend, coworker or loved one, you can now pay roughly $2,500 for what the company deems its "bullion bundle" — a box of cookies plus a one-ounce, 24-karat bar of gold.

  • The price of the package fluctuates with the daily gyrations of gold.

Context: Gold has seen record values amid a broad commodities rally, international tensions and moves by global central banks.

Between the lines: Tiff's has to compete with other on-demand services like Amazon and is trying to make its cookies feel more special.

Yes, but: Tiff's locations and drivers don't carry gold. You get a certificate with your cookies and a third party delivers the bar of gold shortly after.

Tell your mom

This newsletter was edited by Bob Gee and copy edited by Carolyn DiPaolo.

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