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The 86th Texas Legislature convened in Austin for the 2019 legislative session in January. The Texas Hospital Association developed the following resources to help Texas hospitals better advocate for their policy priorities and identify opportunities to engage in the legislative process. Please contact THA’s advocacy team with any questions about these materials.

Contacts:

John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations, 512/465-1505
Jennifer Banda, J.D., vice president of advocacy, public policy & HOSPAC, 512/465-1046
Carrie Kroll, vice president of advocacy, quality and public health, 512/465-1043
Sara Gonzalez, vice president of advocacy & public policy, 512/465-1596

 
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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 2019 legislative session.

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State Budget

2020-2021 

State Budget

A balanced budget is the one bill state lawmakers must pass each legislative session.

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Issue Specific Information

Issue Specific Information

Learn more about specific hospital issues below.

Hospital Finance
Trauma
Medicare/Medicaid
Surprise Billing
Behavioral Health

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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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Download THA’s Legislative Session App

THA’s new Legislative Session App gives hospital leaders quick access to resources relevant to the legislative session, including THA's policy priorities, position papers, videos and other web content and messaging.

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Stay Engaged

Follow THA's social media accounts to get THA's whitepapers as soon as they're released and hear the latest news on Texas hospitals' work and quality initiatives.

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Latest Information on the New Medicaid 1115 Waiver

With approval of Texas’ new Medicaid 1115 Waiver worth approximately $25 billion through 2022, Texas hospitals are working with state and federal partners to address the Waiver’s new terms and conditions that will change hospitals’ supplemental payments. While maintaining significant funding for uncompensated care and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments, the new Waiver requires a new method of calculating UC payments and a phase down of DSRIP projects and funding.

Key Lawmakers

Gov. Greg Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott (R)

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Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen

Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen
(R-Angleton)

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
(R)

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Rep. John Zerwas

Rep. John Zerwas
(R-Richmond)

Chair, House Committee on Appropriations

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Sen. Jane Nelson

Sen. Jane Nelson
(R-Flower Mound)

Chair, Senate Committee on Finance

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Rep. Senfronia Thompson

Rep. Senfronia Thompson
(D-Houston)

Chair, House Committee on Public Health

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Sen. Lois Kolkhorst

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst
(R-Brenham)

Chair, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

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Rep. Four Price

Rep. Four Price
(R-Amarillo)

Chair, House Committee on Calendars

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Sen. Robert Nichols

Sen. Robert Nichols
(R-Jacksonville)

Chair, Senate Committee on Transportation

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Rep. James Frank

Rep. James Frank
(R-Wichita Falls)

Chair, House Committee on Human Services

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Sen. Kelly Hancock

Sen. Kelly Hancock
(R-North Richland Hills)

Chair, Senate Business & Commerce Committee

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Rep. Garnet Coleman

Rep. Garnet Coleman
(D-Houston)

Chair, House Committee on County Affairs

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Sen. Paul Bettencourt

Sen. Paul Bettencourt
(R-Houston)

Chair, Senate Property Tax Committee

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Rep. Eddie Lucio, III

Rep. Eddie Lucio, III
(D-Brownsville)

Chair, House Committee on Insurance

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Rep. Dustin Burrows

Rep. Dustin Burrows
(R-Lubbock)

Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means

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2018 Interim Charges

See what hospital and health care-related issues state lawmakers studied in the 2018 interim to prepare for the 2019 legislative session.

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Refresher from 85th Legislature

Comprehensive reference guides summarizing legislation from the 2017 regular and special legislative sessions that impacts Texas hospitals and provides insights into how hospitals are affected.

Regular Session Report Special Session Report