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 of last year’s legislative session, … Read more

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 Abbott’s desk for signature.   … Read more

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 much to talk about, we … Read more

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 amazingly grown in leaps and … Read more

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 his proclamation announcing the state’s … Read more

We are looking forward to seeing many of you next week at our 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference! Our audience of about 250 folks from across the spectrum of Texas health care will again be virtual this year. So, while you can’t join us at the Irving Convention Center, you can … Read more

Texas lawmakers with contrasting bills on school mask mandates recently reached an agreement on legislation to address the issue. In a meeting of the Texas House Committee on Public Education on Monday, committee Chair Rep. Harold Dutton, Jr., said he and Rep. Jeff Leach plan to craft a bill that permits school districts to implement … Read more

With Texas set to enforce what’s being called the strictest abortion law in the country on Wednesday, abortion providers in the state sent an emergency request to the US Supreme Court on Monday asking the justices to stop the law from taking effect.  SB 8, signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in May, would … Read more

In what his office called an effort to “correct misguided state policy” concerning COVID-19, Sen. Nathan Johnson (D) filed four bills on Sunday that would defy Gov. Greg Abbott’s long standing opposition to mask and vaccine mandates. The legislation, per Johnson’s own statement, is largely symbolic and unlikely to gain traction in the Texas’s Republican-controlled … Read more