The 88th Texas Legislature adjourned its regular session on May 29th with the passage of several key healthcare reforms that address access to maternal, reproductive, and behavioral healthcare.      The FY 2024-2025 state budget increased funding for health and human services from the previous biennium by 17.3% to $102 billion in total funds, much … Read more

During its regular session this year, the Texas Legislature passed a $321.3 billion ($144 billion in general funds) state budget for the 2024-2025 biennium, more than a third or $102 billion of which would be devoted to health and human services.      The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Departments of Family … Read more

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) held a webinar on Wednesday presenting maternal health data impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The webinar presented the state’s roadmap for maternal health equity through a series of scheduled stakeholder sessions this year, coordinating with the Maternity Advisory Committee (MAC) and community birthing partners who … Read more

The Texas Legislature opened its 88th session by swearing in leaders of the House and Senate on Tuesday. Sen. Kelly Hancock (R – Fort Worth) and Rep. Dade Phelan (R – Beaumont) addressed their individual chambers as Senate President and Speaker of the House on their commitment to the work ahead.      “Every member … Read more

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 Equity (OHE) within the Health … Read more