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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 ]

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 ]

Texas House strikes down health care expansion effort in budget hearing

| Apr 22, 2021 | Texas

After hearing an impassioned speech from Rep. Garnet Coleman in support of one of his several amendments to the Senate budget bill, the Texas House rejected Coleman’s amendment that would have directed the state to use a Medicaid 1115 waiver to maximize federal funds to expand coverage in Texas.  ...[ Read More ]

The difference between Medicaid 1115 waivers and Medicaid expansion in Texas

| Apr 22, 2021 | Texas

You may have seen recent news articles about federal Medicaid 1115 waivers and Medicaid expansion in Texas. If fact, recent news reports showed that federal waivers in Texas had been cancelled by the new administration in Washington. The Medicaid waiver provides funds to hospitals to offset their costs for treating...[ Read More ]

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