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Use THA's Resources to Engage Your Patients, Staff in the 2020 Census 

Getting an accurate census count is critical to ensure Texas hospitals have the funding and resources needed to provide essential care to their communities. The data collected will determine how federal funding for our health care infrastructure is allocated. Use THA's resources in your hospitals to ensure everybody is counted in the 2020 Census.

  • Posters for elevators, employee break rooms and patient waiting areas.
    • Be Counted in the 2020 Census (English)
    • Census engagement poster for Latino community (English and Spanish)
    • Census confidentiality poster (English and Spanish)
  • Digital images that can be shared as banners in an email signature, on your social media platforms and on monitors in employee break rooms and patient waiting areas.
  • Social media posts for your organization’s social networks advertising important deadlines and voter resources.

Learn more at www.tha.org/census.

 

Contacts:

John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations, 512/465-1505

Jennifer Banda, J.D., vice president of advocacy & public policy, 512/465-1046

Carrie Kroll, vice president of advocacy, quality & public health, 512/465-1043

Sara Gonzalez, vice president of advocacy & public policy, 512/465-1596

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Texas Hospitals’ Policy Priorities

From increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates to reducing the number of uninsured Texans, Texas hospitals have a number of core policy priorities for 2020.

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Interim Charges

2020 Interim Charges

State lawmakers will study the following topics to inform potential legislation for the 2021 state legislative session. 

Senate Interim Charges
House Interim Charges
THA's Suggested Topics

Issue Specific Information

2021-2022 Funding Request

Funding to increase health care coverage for vulnerable populations and funding for rural hospitals and behavioral health services are some of the items THA recommended THHSC include in its Legislative Appropriations Request for the 2021-2022 state budget.

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Issue Specific Information

Issue Specific Information

Learn more about specific hospital issues below.

Hospital Finance
Trauma
Medicare/Medicaid
Surprise Billing
Behavioral Health

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Advocacy in Action

THA staff and our member hospitals often testify on behalf of the entire Texas hospital industry on critical pieces of legislation.

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Stay Engaged

Follow THA's social media accounts to get THA's whitepapers as soon as they're released and hear the latest news on Texas hospitals' work and quality initiatives.

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Resources to Comply With 2019 New Health Care Laws

Download Member hospitals are encouraged to login and use THA’s resources and comprehensive summaries to comply with the new health care laws from the 2019 legislative session.

2019 Legislative Outcomes

Download THA’s report summarizing outcomes  from the 2019 legislative session. Listen to a recording of THA’s May 23 end-of-session member call and use this presentation to update staff, board members and community groups on legislation impacting Texas hospitals.

Latest Information on the New Medicaid 1115 Waiver

With approval of Texas’ new Medicaid 1115 Waiver worth approximately $25 billion through 2022, Texas hospitals are working with state and federal partners to address the Waiver’s new terms and conditions that will change hospitals’ supplemental payments. While maintaining significant funding for uncompensated care and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments, the new Waiver requires a new method of calculating UC payments and a phase down of DSRIP projects and funding.

Past Legislative Sessions

Review highlights of recent state legislative sessions and the then-new laws that affect Texas hospitals.

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HOSPAC

HOSPAC works hand-in-hand with the Texas Hospital Association and its member hospitals to build vital relationships with lawmakers.

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Resources for Hosting a Legislative Visit

This toolkit includes tips and talking points for hosting a successful legislative visit at your hospital.

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Key Lawmakers

Gov. Greg Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott (R)

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Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen

Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen
(R-Angleton)

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
(R)

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Rep. Giovanni Capriglione

Rep. Giovanni Capriglione
(R-Southlake)

Chair, House Committee on Appropriations

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Sen. Jane Nelson

Sen. Jane Nelson
(R-Flower Mound)

Chair, Senate Committee on Finance

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Rep. Senfronia Thompson

Rep. Senfronia Thompson
(D-Houston)

Chair, House Committee on Public Health

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Sen. Lois Kolkhorst

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst
(R-Brenham)

Chair, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

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Rep. Four Price

Rep. Four Price
(R-Amarillo)

Chair, House Committee on Calendars

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Sen. Robert Nichols

Sen. Robert Nichols
(R-Jacksonville)

Chair, Senate Committee on Transportation

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Rep. James Frank

Rep. James Frank
(R-Wichita Falls)

Chair, House Committee on Human Services

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Sen. Kelly Hancock

Sen. Kelly Hancock
(R-North Richland Hills)

Chair, Senate Business & Commerce Committee

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Rep. Garnet Coleman

Rep. Garnet Coleman
(D-Houston)

Chair, House Committee on County Affairs

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Sen. Paul Bettencourt

Sen. Paul Bettencourt
(R-Houston)

Chair, Senate Property Tax Committee

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Rep. Eddie Lucio, III

Rep. Eddie Lucio, III
(D-Brownsville)

Chair, House Committee on Insurance

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Rep. Dustin Burrows

Rep. Dustin Burrows
(R-Lubbock)

Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means

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2018 Interim Charges

See what hospital and health care-related issues state lawmakers studied in the 2018 interim to prepare for the 2019 legislative session.

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Refresher from 85th Legislature

Comprehensive reference guides summarizing legislation from the 2017 regular and special legislative sessions that impacts Texas hospitals and provides insights into how hospitals are affected.

Regular Session Report Special Session Report