Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award Recognizes Lawmaker’s Commitment to Good Health Policy
(Austin – Sept. 11, 2018) The Texas Hospital Association honored State Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) with its Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award for his support of public policy issues important to hospitals and health systems. Sen. Hancock recently received the award during a special presentation in Austin.
“THA appreciates Sen. Hancock’s leadership on behalf of the entire Texas hospital community on a variety of critical issues, including his work to improve pricing transparency, hold freestanding emergency centers to the same standards as hospitals and clarify the laws governing hospital liens,” said Ted Shaw, THA’s president/CEO. “Texas hospitals commend Hancock for his work related to balance billing. His efforts create a more level playing field for hospitals and lower health care costs for consumers.”
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, Sen. Hancock authored and passed legislation that expanded the law governing mediation of disputed health care bills to include bills from all facility-based providers, including those practicing in freestanding emergency departments. Sen. Hancock also authored legislation that would have clarified existing law governing what constitutes a hospital admission, necessary to trigger a hospital lien to recover health care costs.
Hancock has served in the Texas Legislature for 12 years, six of which are in the Texas Senate, and currently serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.