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Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award Recognizes Lawmaker’s Commitment to Good Health Policy

(Austin – Aug. 14, 2018) The Texas Hospital Association honored State Representative Four Price (R-Amarillo) with its Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award for his support of public policy issues important to hospitals and health systems. Representative Price received the award during a special presentation in Austin last week.

“THA appreciates Rep. Price’s leadership on behalf of the entire Texas hospital community on a variety of critical issues, including access to behavioral health care services and to reimbursement for telemedicine,” said Ted Shaw, THA’s president/CEO. “Texas hospitals commend Price for his work to ensure that all Texans with behavioral health challenges get the care they need.”

Since 1997, THA’s Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award recognizes state and federal lawmakers who support the public policy issues important to Texas hospitals and health systems and their ability to meet the health care needs of all Texans.

In the last legislative session, Rep. Price worked with leadership in the Texas House of Representatives to prioritize and pass a statewide mental health parity law that ensures insurance companies provide mental health and physical health care services equally. Price also authored legislation to allow licensed chemical dependency counselors to receive loan repayment assistance under the Mental Health Loan Repayment Program.

Price has been a member of the Texas House of Representatives for seven years and currently serves as chair of the House Committee on Public Health and the Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse.

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Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) and John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations at the Texas Hospital Association.

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Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 369,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/texashospitals.