The Texas Hospital Association actively monitors legislative and regulatory activities in Washington, D.C., and maintains regular contact with members of the Texas Congressional delegation to ensure that federal policy serves the needs of Texas hospitals and patients. With a dedicated federal lobbyist, THA members have a voice in the federal policymaking process.
The U.S. Senate introduced its plan -- the Better Care Reconciliation Act -- to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and convert the Medicaid entitlement to a program of fixed federal funding. A vote on the bill is expected after the Congressional Fourth of July recess. This follows passage of the American Health Care Act in the U.S. House in May.
Both bills will:
- repeal most of the coverage provisions of the ACA;
- cut billions of dollars in Medicaid funding;
- allow states to waive certain insurance rules and consumer protections;
- convert the current Medicaid entitlement to a financing mechanism that relies on per capita caps.
The Texas Hospital Association does not support either bill but is committed to working with stakeholders and Congress to identify solutions to improve the legislation. As such, THA is advocating for the following priorities:
1. maintain the insurance coverage gains achieved over the life of the ACA;
2. repeal the hospital funding cuts, including scheduled reductions in Medicaid DSH payments, that were intended to pay for increased coverage under the ACA; and
3. advocate for broader use of 1115 waivers, rather than capping federal Medicaid funding, to give states the desired flexibility to administer their Medicaid programs.
As soon as it is made available, THA will provide additional updates and current information on this page and in the weekly
Health Care Advocate.
Search for federal legislators by ZIP code. Information about each member of Congress is available online along with a link to his/her website. Each member has a “contact us” page for communication via email with the office.