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

(Austin – May 10, 2018) The Texas Hospital Association honored U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX 26) with its Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award for his support of public policy issues important to hospitals and health systems. Congressman Burgess received the award during a special presentation with THA members during the American Hospital Association annual membership meeting in Washington, D.C. earlier this week.

“The Texas Hospital Association is a strong advocate for hospitals in North Texas and throughout the Lone Star State, and its work is vital to Texas patients and physicians,” said Dr. Burgess. “I am honored to receive the Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award and look forward to continuing our collaboration to promote the best possible care for Texas.”

“THA recognizes Congressman Burgess for his commitment to maintaining a vital component of hospital financing,” said Ted Shaw, THA’s president/CEO. “Congressman Burgess led the effort to delay scheduled cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments, which are a critical piece of Texas hospitals’ ability to serve low-income and uninsured individuals. The congressman’s steadfast advocacy on behalf of the Texas hospital community is commended.”

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 addition to his work to delay scheduled Medicaid DSH cuts, THA recognizes Congressman Burgess’ support for extending the Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver, which along with DSH payments, is a vital source of supplemental funding for Texas hospitals.

A member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 15 years, Congressman Burgess is also a physician.

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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.