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Legislative update on Texas House Health Care Package

| Apr 30, 2021 | Texas

Earlier this month, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan -- speaking on behalf of a bipartisan group of the chamber’s lawmakers -- announced the “Healthy Families, Healthy Texas” package of bills that aim to increase health care access for in-need Texans.  While the initiative has been widely praised by organizations including...[ Read More ]

Colorado greenlights initiative to expand Rx importation outside of Canada

| Apr 30, 2021 | Colorado

Governor Jared Polis signed a bill to take the next step in Colorado’s pursuit of importing cheaper prescription drugs on Monday. The state is now permitted to transport prescription drugs from countries besides Canada, pending federal approval. Polis signed the bill concurrently with several others that aim to reduce increasing...[ Read More ]

Anti-trans bills continue to progress through Texas Legislature

| Apr 29, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Senate passed a bill that would classify gender confirmation surgeries as child abuse on Wednesday -- the most recent step in a continuing wave of support from the state’s majority party for anti-transgender laws this session. Sponsored by over a dozen Senate Republicans, SB 1646 now awaits deliberation...[ Read More ]

Texas members of Congress demand reversal of CMS waiver rescission

| Apr 28, 2021 | Texas

In stark contrast to Democratic calls to expand Medicaid in the wake of Texas’s loss of its Medicaid 1115 waiver, the Texas Republican Congressional Delegation wrote an open letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday asking them to reverse the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Donna Howard on reproductive health care in Texas

| Apr 28, 2021 | Texas

Representative Donna Howard has served in the Texas Legislature for 14 years, working in numerous policy areas including women’s health and nursing policy. She previously worked as a critical care nurse and is a former president of the Texas Nurses Association. This session, she sits on the House Appropriations and...[ Read More ]

No more "public option" for Colorado

| Apr 27, 2021 | Colorado

Following two weeks of inaction, Rep. Dylan Roberts re-introduced his Colorado Option bill to the House Health and Insurance Committee on Tuesday -- with a new amendment that eliminates the “public option” provision of the bill entirely. Committee members adopted the amendment and passed HB 21-1232 with an 8-5 vote,...[ Read More ]

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