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Texas Democratic lawmaker pre-files bill proposing broader HIV testing, acknowledges gaining Republican support will be challenging

| Nov 29, 2022 | Texas

House Bill 526, a proposal filed for the upcoming session that would require standard health benefit plans in the state to cover diagnostics for HIV infection, will likely face an uphill battle.      That’s according to the bill’s sponsor Rep. Gene Wu (D- Houston), who pushed a similar measure...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Disputed bill resolution litigation, Opioid settlement money, Hospitals' economic impact

| Nov 21, 2022 | Texas

This month's newsletter includes an update on the litigation between the Texas Medical Association and the federal government over the rulemaking for medical bill dispute resolution, insight about effective ways to use new opioid settlement money coming to Texas, and a report showing the significant economic impact of hospitals in...[ Read More ]

Texas Democratic lawmakers prepare legislation targeting maternal health equity for 2023 session

| Nov 17, 2022 | Texas

The Texas Legislature will consider several bills that address maternal health equity in the next session.  Rep. Shawn Thierry (D - Houston), an outspoken advocate for Black maternal health, authored 3 of those bills, House Bills 465, 460, and 472.     HB 472 would establish the Office of Health...[ Read More ]

Dallas Mayor points to progress made on homelessness and housing insecurity in 2022

| Nov 17, 2022 | Texas

In his 2022 State of the City address on Tuesday, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson highlighted the progress made on homelessness this year.      As part of a $72 million regional plan, the Dallas Real-Time Rapid Rehousing (DRTRR) initiative brought together the city, county, and philanthropy with the goal of...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Stephanie Muth, Stephanie Muth Consulting

| Nov 17, 2022 | Texas

In this edition of "What They're Watching," Stephanie Muth, former Texas Medicaid Director and currently a Principal at Stephanie Muth Consulting, says Medicaid redeterminations and addressing the social determinants are 2 of her top priorities.     "One of the projects that I'm currently working on is related to those...[ Read More ]

Texas harm reduction advocates call for different use of opioid settlement money to address SUD crisis

| Nov 14, 2022 | Texas

On November 2nd, prior to his reelection as Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton announced that the state was entering into a $5 billion multi-state settlement with CVS Pharmacy for its inadequate monitoring of opioid prescriptions.     Texas is expected to see an additional $276 million from the deal to...[ Read More ]