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

(AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 7, 2018) The Texas Hospital Association last week honored State Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) with its Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award in recognition of her work during the 85th legislative session on behalf of hospitals and health care policy.

The award honors state legislators and other public officials who have supported issues important to hospitals and health systems. Rep. Davis received the award during a special presentation in Austin.

“Rep. Davis distinguishes herself from other members of the Texas House of Representatives through her courageous leadership and astute understanding of complex health care issues to ensure sound public policy helps hospitals provide the best quality care to all Texans,” said Ted Shaw, THA president/CEO. “Her leadership on these challenging issues shows her commitment to the people of House District 134 as well as a resolve to do what is right for patients and Texas hospitals.”

As chair of the House Appropriations’ subcommittee on Article II – Health and Human Services, Rep. Davis spearheaded the work to craft the health and human services portion of Texas’ 2018-19 budget, which passed with level state funding for enhanced Medicaid payments for trauma, safety net and rural hospitals. Long known as strong advocate for health care providers and her district’s Texas Medical Center, Rep. Davis also led the fight for funding for children’s therapy rates, access to women’s health care and vaccines and maintaining dedicated hospital trauma funds.

During the special legislative session, Davis sought to exempt hospitals from revenue cap limits and highlighted the fact that limiting hospital districts would have a negative impact on the ability of all Texas hospitals to access future supplemental funds. Davis has dedicated commendable time and energy to fight to lower Texas’ high rate of maternal mortality and morbidity and passed legislation to extend the state’s Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force.

Rep. Davis also chaired the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics and managed the flow of House legislation as a member of the influential Calendars Committee. Davis is a powerful ally and friend of Texas hospitals.

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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.