2017 Legislative Session


Photo credit: 'Inside the House' by Brandon Watts. 2009. View original photo here.


Welcome to the TAHC&H Resource Center on the 2017 Texas Legislative Session! Look below for information on the 85th Legislature, bills relevant to home care, grassroots advocacy, and weekly updates from our lobby team. We encourage all providers to reach out to their legislators this session to spread the message that home care is the leading solution for health care. 
Some exclusive content is for TAHC&H members only.

We want your photos! Email governmentaffairs@tahch.org with pictures of home care in action, your staff at community events, or meetings with public officials. We can use all photos in our communications to showcase the importance of health care at home.


Legislative Materials

Legislative Visits
All providers should reach out to the State Representatives and State Senators where you reside and operate services. Bring information on your agency, the informational sheets below, and talking points. Be sure to tell TAHC&H about a legislative visit!

2017 State Legislative Priorities
Community Care
Medicaid Therapy
How home care helps
How hospice helps

Advocates
Get tips below on how to be an effective grassroot advocate!

Advocate toolkit
Get involved

Action Alerts
It is so easy to call your legislators today! Ask for the staffer in charge of health policy.

Write legislators to fully fund home care
Call to take action on community care funding
Call to take action on therapy cuts

Bill Tracking
Read about current legislation affecting home care & hospice.

Bills of interest

Testimony 
Testify at key committee hearings to speak directly to lawmakers tasked with formulating health policy and appropriating funds for Medicaid services. The templates and video archives below will be helpful in developing your testimony and ensuring a cohesive message.  

Upcoming: Appropriations Public Testimony

Archive of Senate Finance Hearings
Archive of Senate Health & Human Services Hearings

Template for Pediatric Therapy Access and Funding
Template for Community Care Testimony

Events

TAHC&H Events
Below are our advocacy events as well as community events open to the public that might interest you! Lobby days are free to members. Take our Lobby Day survey here. March 1 | Austin
Special Kids Day

March 7-9 | Washington, DC
March on Washington

April 5 | Austin
Wednesdays at the Capitol Community Care Day

May tbd | Austin
Spring Committee Meetings & Conference

May tbd | Austin
Home Care & Hospice Day at the Capitol


Public Events

Feb 23 | Austin
Appropriations Article II Hearing & Public Testimony

Feb 24 | Dallas
Dallas & the Legislature

March 31 | Prairie View
A Conversation with Reps. Senfronia Thompson & James White

 


Resources

85th Legislature

Texas Legislature Online

Legislative Reference Library

Who Represents Me

Texas House of Representatives

Texas Senate

Office of the Speaker

Dates of Interest

 

Executive offices

Texas Health & Human Services

TMHP

Texas Register

Office of the Governor

Office of the Lt Governor

Legislative Budget Board

News

Texas Tribune

Texas Standard

Texas Observer

Capital Tonight

Quorum Report

Capitol Inside

Dallas Morning News

Austin-American Statesman

Social media

Reaching out to public officials on social media can encourage them to take action.

Facebook: TAHCH.fans
Twitter: Accounts to follow

Useful hashtags
#txlege
#homecare
#Medicaid
#ReverseTheCuts
#ProtectTXKids
#TherapyHelps
#HomeCareHelps
#HospiceHelps