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  • 2019 Legislative Session

The 86th Texas Legislature convenes 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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2018 Interim Charges

Get the latest on the issues we are sure to see during the 2019 legislative session.

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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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Legislative Preview Townhall Meetings

Attend one of THA's regional townhall meetings this fall to get the inside baseball on the policy priorities and politics that are likely to influence the 2019 legislative session.

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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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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
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Stay Engaged

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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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