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. For more information, please contact (512) 338-9293 x 5 or governmentaffairs@tahch.org.




Legislative Materials

Legislative Visits
All providers should reach out to the State Representatives and State Senators where you reside and operate. 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
Support Access to Community Care
Support Access to Home Therapy for Kids
Support Access to Private Duty Nursing
Support the Electronic Visit Verification Rider
About Home Care
About Hospice

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

Advocate toolkit
Get involved

Action Alerts
Call your legislators today - it's so easy using our TAHC&H action center!


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

Bill tracking list (as of 5/17/2017)

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.  

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

Medicaid Therapy 
Study on access
Study on rate comparison
Map of waitlist data survey results
Table of waitlist data survey results
Letter from Sen. Menendez

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
#TXKidsMatter



TAHC&H members, 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.