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5 Things Texas: Rep. Frank & Rep. Turner, Hospital funding, Health policy in the courts

| Apr 13, 2022 | Texas

This newsletter features a video of the Lunch Keynote from last month's 2022 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference as well as updates on Medicaid financing and important health policy litigation. Thanks, as always, for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. Lunch Keynote: Health policy in the Texas Legislature...[ Read More ]

Lunch Keynote: Health policy in the Texas Legislature

| Apr 11, 2022 | Texas

Two high-profile leaders in health policymaking took the stage for the Lunch Keynote of our recent 2022 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Rep. Chris Turner, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and Rep. James Frank, Chair of the House Human Services Committee, discussed the policy to come out...[ Read More ]

Legislature allocates over $400 million to bolster health workforce

| Oct 22, 2021 | Texas

The legislature’s recently approved bill that distributes $16 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding appropriates over $400 million in federal funds to support the state’s faltering health care workforce. Senate Bill 8 passed during Texas’s third special session, which ended last week. It now heads to Gov. Greg...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Comm. Young talks Medicaid, Update from HHSC, Integrating SDOH into business

| Oct 13, 2021 | Texas

This week's newsletter features some of the highlights from our recent 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference. From this year's prolonged legislative activity to the uncertain future of the state's safety net, needless to say there's a lot happening in the Texas health policy space. With so...[ Read More ]

TMA President calls on legislature to improve health care coverage along southern border

| Oct 8, 2021 | Texas

Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Dr. Linda Villareal testified during a special meeting on border health care in the House Public and Behavioral Health Committee on Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to make increasing health care coverage in southern border communities a priority. “... While the economy of the border has...[ Read More ]

As third special session starts, Texas lawmakers have filed nine bills concerning vaccine mandates

| Sep 20, 2021 | Texas

One of Gov. Abbott’s central priorities for the third special session of the 87th Texas Legislature, which began on Monday, is to determine the extent of restrictions on COVID-19 vaccine mandates. As the bills filed so far suggest, lawmakers in the majority party are eager to enforce such restrictions. In...[ Read More ]