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With a population growing more than twice as fast as the national average – and people living longer and experiencing more chronic illness – the demand for health care has never been greater. The Texas Legislature has invested significant funds in increasing the size of the health care workforce in Texas, but continued investment is required to combat the severe shortage of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.

Growing the health care workforce,including the number of behavioral health professionals, in Texas is a top priority for the Texas Hospital Association. THA also tracks related state and federal legislative and regulatory activity to keep members informed.

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Additional Information

84th Legislature

SB 18 – GME Expansion
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HB 495 – Nursing School Innovation Grants
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SB 239 -- Loan Repayment Assistance for Mental Health Professionals
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Past Legislative Sessions

HB 406 – APRN prescriptive authority
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HB 705 – Nurse Assault Bill
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House Bill 2880 – Mandated Nurse-to-Staffing Ratios
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Agenda, Forum on State Grant Opportunities for Expanding Graduate Medical Education (hosted by THA, TMA, THOT and THECB; November 2015)

Forum on State Grant Opportunities for Expanding Graduate Medical Education, Linda B. Andrews, M.D. (November 2015) (PPT)

Tips from the Trenches about Adding or Growing GME, J.Edward Bates, M.Ed. (November 2015) (PPT)

Tips from the Trenches about Adding or Growing GME, Robert J. Nolan, M.D. (November 2015) (PPT)

Graduate Medical Education FY 2016-2017, Suzanne Pickens (PPT)

Contacts:

Jennifer Banda, J.D. 512/465-1046