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TETAF Testifies on Upcoming DSHS Budget Proposal

TETAF would like to thank those who attended the DSHS legislative appropriation request (LAR) hearings around the state on Monday. TETAF CEO Dinah S. Welsh was joined by speakers Darrell Pile and Wanda Helgesen, on behalf of the TETAF board, as well as their RACs, Angie Burgin on behalf of RAC S and Dr. Lillian Liao and Dr. Ian Mitchell, who spoke on the need for Stop the Bleed training/funding.

The LAR is an important step in the budget process. Each state agency submits to state appropriators their funding priorities for the upcoming budget cycle. These LARs serve as a starting point for the legislature's budget process.

TETAF encourages all stakeholders to make their priorities heard by emailing: lar@dshs.texas.gov. We have included some sample talking points below:

  • Texas should be truly proud of the system that has developed over the past few decades.
  • Accomplishments are threatened due to decreased distributions from Account No. 5111 and depletion of the permanent tobacco fund for EMS and trauma.
  • The state should encourage appropriators to designate additional funds from account 5111 to the RACs.
  • The Texas population continues to grow rapidly. Current population estimates stand at 29.3 million, an almost 75% increase to the state’s population since the development of the state trauma system.
  • Trauma resources have not kept pace with this growth.
  • In addition to the everyday emergencies faced by Texans, the state trauma system is called upon to provide care during disasters, both natural and man-made.
  • We can not take a step back from these accomplishments. Every aspect of the trauma system needs to be fully funded to properly coordinate for disaster response and everyday emergencies.
  • We ask that the department include in its legislative appropriations request increased funding for the trauma system and all of its components.
  • Without proper funding, the system will reach a breaking point. Failure to provide necessary funding will have consequences.
  • The department should prioritize emergency healthcare funding in the 2020-2021 appropriations request.

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