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The Texas Hospital Association’s advocacy on behalf of Texas hospitals and patients is year-round. In advance of the 2021 legislative session, THA is working with lawmakers and regulatory agencies on issues that help hospitals provide the highest quality care.

Stay up-to-date on legislative, policy and regulatory issues affecting your patients and community as well as the entire Texas hospital industry. Soon, THA will offer opportunities to educate member hospitals about upcoming issues for the 87th Texas Legislature. Check back for details!

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

2020 Interim Work

Connecting with and educating state officials in the interim—the time between a legislative session and the next—helps lay the groundwork for upcoming legislative issues and priorities and ensures laws are implemented appropriately.

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Resources

Digital Resources

Engaging your patients and staff is critical to achieving your political, policy and public health goals. Use THA’s resources, available in English and Spanish, to encourage your key constituencies to:

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Practice COVID-19 Prevention Measures

Issue Specific Information

Issue Specific Information

Get the News

Get the News

Read THA's weekly Health Care Advocate to stay up-to-date on all the latest legislative, regulatory and policy news impacting Texas hospitals. Not receiving the weekly newsletter? Contact Aisha Ainsworth.

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Stay Engaged

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

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2020 Interim Work

From studying selected topics to preparing for the next biennial budget, the interim is an important planning period for state lawmakers and regulatory bodies. And THA stays connected and engages them each step of the way, including:

Read the full list interim charges for the Texas House and Texas Senate.

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

Contact

Rep. Senfronia Thompson

Rep. Senfronia Thompson
(D-Houston)

Chair, House Committee on Public Health

Contact

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

Contact

Sen. Robert Nichols

Sen. Robert Nichols
(R-Jacksonville)

Chair, Senate Committee on Transportation

Contact

Rep. James Frank

Rep. James Frank
(R-Wichita Falls)

Chair, House Committee on Human Services

Contact

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

Contact

Sen. Paul Bettencourt

Sen. Paul Bettencourt
(R-Houston)

Chair, Senate Property Tax Committee

Contact

Rep. Eddie Lucio, III

Rep. Eddie Lucio, III
(D-Brownsville)

Chair, House Committee on Insurance

Contact

Rep. Dustin Burrows

Rep. Dustin Burrows
(R-Lubbock)

Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means

Contact

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

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.