84th Legislative Session

The Texas Hospital Association had six main policy priorities for the 84th Legislative Session. These were chosen as the most important for ensuring that Texas hospitals can continue their work to deliver the highest quality care to all Texans and to invest in innovation, quality and patient safety.

Reducing the Number of Uninsured the Texas Way

Nearly 20 percent of uninsured Texans have no access to affordable coverage through their employers and are not income-eligible for public coverage. The result is that more than 1.1 million uninsured, low-wage working Texans rely on hospital emergency departments for acute care ... Read more

Renewing the Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver

Texas’ Medicaid Transformation and Quality Improvement 1115 waiver is driving major health care innovation throughout the state. There are currently more than 1,300 delivery system improvement projects, representing $3 billion in transformation dollars ... Read more

Securing Funding for Increased Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

Chronic underfunding of Medicaid reimbursement rates by the state Legislature has forced increased reliance on supplemental payments ... Read more

Preserving the Driver Responsibility Program to Fund Trauma Care

Approximately one-third of all trauma patients in Texas are uninsured. As a result, Texas hospitals annually bear more than $230 million in uncompensated trauma care costs ... Read more

Maintaining Funding for Graduate Medical Education and Health Care Workforce Education and Training

Texas has too few physicians to meet the health care needs of its rapidly growing population. Statewide, there is a severe shortage of primary care physicians, as well specialists in a number of disciplines, including psychiatry, pediatrics, endocrinology and geriatrics ... Read more

Investing in Behavioral Health Care Services

Texas historically has ranked at the bottom of states in per capita mental health funding. The impact of an underfunded behavioral health care system is seen in reduced emergency department capacity, increased hospital readmissions and increased hospital uncompensated care ... Read more