TETAF has been active at the Texas Capitol since 2009, providing services in the advocacy, public policy, communications and regulatory arenas. TETAF has become known as the go-to source for lawmakers on trauma and emergency healthcare. Filling a unique niche by representing the system as a whole, TETAF is able to successfully advocate on behalf of hospitals, EMS providers, Regional Advisory Councils and the Emergency Medical Task Force.
The Texas legislature is currently in what is called the “interim period” between the biannual legislative sessions. Unless the Governor calls for another special session, the legislature will not meet again as a full body until January of 2019.
During this time, TETAF encourages all stakeholders to reach out to their lawmakers and cultivate relationships. Invite local lawmakers to speak at a RAC meeting, tour a hospital or ride along with an EMS crew. These relationships truly pay dividends during the legislative sessions and help lawmakers understand the local impact to any funding decisions made or bills passed.
Thank you to the advocates from across the state who joined us in Austin Feb. 21 for our biannual Trauma & Emergency Healthcare Day at the Capitol. We could not be successful without the work of these amazing doctors, nurses, EMTs and RAC staff. And special thanks to the survivors who joined us to share firsthand their experience with the state’s trauma system!
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