Federal Advocacy
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  • Federal Advocacy

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.

Contact:

John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations, 512/465-1505

Federal Policy Priorities

2019 Federal Policy Priorities

From ensuring Texans’ access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance to eliminating surprise medical billing of patients, read the federal policy priorities Texas hospitals working address with the U.S. Congress.

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Medicare and Medicaid

Medicare/Medicaid

Get the key updates on Medicare and Medicaid, the two government-sponsored programs that provide a significant portion of Texas hospitals’ patient revenue. Texas hospitals work closely with the U.S. Congress, Texas Legislature and regulatory agencies to advocate for policies and funding that ensures Texas hospitals’ ability to provide care for all Texans.

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Surprise Billing

Surprise Billing

Texas hospitals are working with the U.S. Congress to identify a solution to ensure Texas patients no longer receive surprise medical bills for emergency or unplanned out-of-network health care services.

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Medicaid DSH Cuts

Medicaid DSH Cuts

Learn about Texas hospitals’ work to stop Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments cuts that begin October 2019.

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Medicaid 1115 Waiver

Medicaid 1115 Waiver

With renewal of Texas’ Medicaid 1115 Waiver, Texas hospitals are working are working with state and federal partners to address the Waivers new terms and conditions that changes hospitals’ supplemental payments.

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Maternal Health

Maternal Health

Texas hospitals are working through various quality initiatives to ensure that Texas is the safest state in the nation for mothers and babies.

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Price Transparency

Responsibility for good health care decision making rests with all of us — hospitals, physicians, insurers, employers and consumers themselves. As with many issues in health care, price transparency is complex and requires engagement of all stakeholders along the continuum of care to ensure meaningful transparency for patients. Learn more about how Texas hospitals are empowering consumers to make informed health care decisions.

Contact Your Legislator

Contact Your Legislator

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.

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