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Statement from nursing groups on the 87th legislative session

| Jun 9, 2021 | Texas

Texas faces the second worst nursing shortage in the country and ranks 51st nationally in health care access and affordability. After one of the most harrowing years in modern health care history, nurses across Texas were exceedingly hopeful that lawmakers would prioritize health care and pass policies and reforms to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: 1115 waiver update, Early Bird registration, Maternal mortality

| Jun 8, 2021 | Texas

This may be the calm before the storm. Thursday is the last published day on the Supreme Court calendar to release opinions from its current term (though they have a few more weeks for orders). It's a term that saw a meaningful challenge to the ACA last November. It was...[ Read More ]

TNA outlines key to reviving bill to remove APRN restrictions

| Jun 3, 2021 | Texas

House Bill 2029 -- this session’s effort to remove practice restrictions for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in Texas -- failed to gain momentum in the Legislature, despite being a high priority bill for numerous stakeholders aiming to expand APRNs’ capacity to practice. Dr. Serena Bumpus, director of practice at...[ Read More ]

Another 10 years for Texas's 1115 waiver? Experts say it's unlikely

| Jun 2, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) inclusion of another 10-year extension in its Medicaid 1115 waiver extension request is unlikely to receive approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), according to some experts following the waiver. If CMS approves the extension, they are likely to...[ Read More ]

Q&A: NAMI Texas executive director Greg Hansch on mental health advocacy

| May 28, 2021 | Texas

Although mental health awareness month is coming to an end, Texans need mental and behavioral health support year-round. Greg Hansch, executive director of the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) Texas, has led numerous policy advocacy initiatives and outreach efforts at NAMI Texas since his start in 2012.  In this...[ Read More ]

Texas stakeholders disagree on out-of-pocket insulin costs for the insured

| May 28, 2021 | Texas

After SB 827 passed the Legislature Monday, the bill was met with praise from lawmakers in both parties, as the state is now one step closer to capping copays on insulin for insured Texans. The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) is the sole opposed organization and has lobbied against...[ Read More ]

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