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2017 Legislative Special Session

Reports on the 85th Texas Legislature:

Comprehensive reference guides summarizing new legislation that impacts Texas hospitals and provides insights into how hospitals will be affected.

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Advocacy Communications Boot Camps

Held throughout the fall of 2016, boot camps equip hospital marketing, communications, operations and finance staff with the tools and resources needed to amplify hospital employees’ voices in public policy advocacy.

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Texas Hospitals’ Policy Priorities

From increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates to reducing the number of uninsured Texans, Texas hospitals have a number of core policy priorities in the 2017 legislative session.

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Take Action

Elected officials need to hear from you on issues that matter to your hospital and your patients. Contact your lawmakers today and make your voice heard.

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Upcoming Hearings

Stay up to date on when key committee hearings will take place.

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Advocacy in Action

THA staff and our member hospitals often testify on behalf of the entire Texas hospital industry on critical pieces of legislation.

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State Budget

The state budget is the one bill Texas lawmakers must pass in the 85th legislative session.

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  • 2017 Special Session

    The 85th Texas Legislature returns to the Capitol on July 18 for a special session.

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Latest Information on Medicaid 1115 Waiver Renewal Request

The Medicaid 1115 waiver has been a source of essential funding for Texas hospitals as well as a source of significant savings for the state and federal governments. The waiver – and its funding – expire Dec. 31, 2017. The state submitted a request on Jan. 26 to the federal government to extend the waiver through Sept. 30, 2019. The request is for level uncompensated care and delivery system reform incentive program payments.

Key Lawmakers

Gov. Greg Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott
(R)

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
(R-Houston)

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Speaker of the House Joe Straus

Speaker of the House Joe Straus
(R-San Antonio)

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Sen. Jane Nelson

Sen. Jane Nelson
(R-Flower Mound)

Chair, Senate Committee on Finance

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Rep. John Zerwas

Rep. John Zerwas
(R-Richmond)

Chair, House Committee on Appropriations

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Sen. Charles Schwertner, M.D.

Sen. Charles Schwertner, M.D.
(R-Georgetown)

Chair, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

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Rep. Sarah Davis

Rep. Sarah Davis
(R-West University Place)

Chair, House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Article II

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Sen. Robert Nichols

Sen. Robert Nichols
(R-Jacksonville)

Chair, Senate Committee on Transportation

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Rep. Richard Peña Raymond

Rep. Richard Peña Raymond
(D-Laredo)

Chair, House Committee on Human Services

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Rep. Four Price

Rep. Four Price
(R-Amarillo)

Chair, House Committee on Public Health

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Rep. Garnet Coleman

Rep. Garnet Coleman
(D-Houston)

Chair, House Committee on County Affairs

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Rep. Todd Hunter

Rep. Todd Hunter
(R-Corpus Christi)

Chair, House Committee on Calendars

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Rep. Larry Phillips

Rep. Larry Phillips
(R-Sherman)

Chair, House Committee on Insurance

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Rep. Dennis Bonnen

Rep. Dennis Bonnen
(R-Angleton)

Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means

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In Our Members’ Voices

  • Building and sustaining a state-of-the-art trauma care system carries a cost, only some of which is paid for by third parties, such as health insurers. Without dedicated trauma funding we absolutely would not be able to maintain our trauma designation.

    John Henderson, CEO, Childress Regional Medical Center testifying before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Article II in July 2016 on the effectiveness of the Texas trauma care system and the need for state funding