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
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
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 (as of 3/17/17)

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 Testimony
Template for Community Care Testimony

Updates

In the TAHC&H Perspective
Community Care Day
Texas Legislature Enters Sprint Mode
PIAC Releases 2016 Report
American Health Care Act
HHS Waiver Slot and Enrollment Report
#TXKidsMatter Campaign
Supplemental Budget Bill Filed in State House
Special Kids Day Recap
Star Kids Advisory Meeting Recap
TAHC&H Members Testify to House Appropriations
DADS Regulatory FY 2016 Report
Lobby Day Survey
Legislative Reception Recap
Kick-off Lobby Day at the Capitol a Success
Texas House of Representatives Committee Chairs Announced
Senate Finance Committee Hearing Notice
Senate Finance Organizational Meeting
Senate Budget Bill Filed & Senate Committees Announced
Capitol Insights: Week 1
Texas Comptroller Biennium Budget Revenue Estimate


In the News

Media coverage draws attention to the importance of health care at home. Share and comment on the following articles to keep the media talking about home care!

Bill calls for rainy day fund (Star-Telegram)
Speaker Straus on Senate Budget (Austin American Statesman)
Severely disabled kids lives at risk as Texas enacts Medicaid cost-savings plan (Dallas Morning News)
America's oldest veteran needs help staying in East Austin home (kxan)

Cuts to Medicaid therapy have parents on edge (Lubbock online)
Medicaid actions don't leave poor, disabled with Merry Christmas (Lubbock online)
House Speaker Joe Straus vows to reverse cuts to disabled kids' therapy services (Texas Tribune)

Speaker Straus wants to revisit cuts to therapy programs (Texans for Joe Straus)

Medicaid Therapy Study
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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


Contact us

Contact us anytime about current issues, advocacy, and events!


  Sarah Mills, MS
Director of State Government Affairs & Public Policy
governmentaffairs@tahch.org
(512) 338-9293 x 5
  Elyse Fulton
Fundraising & Advocacy Coordinator
governmentaffairs@tahch.org
(512) 338-9293 x 5





Photos


 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.