Federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funds have historically helped prepare the state for natural disaster response. However, President Trump has proposed cuts to HPP, as well as two other medical preparedness programs. The following appeared today in the New York Times: Those programs helped establish emergency medical task forces that have dispatched ambulances, personnel and…

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The state comptroller today released a revenue estimate for the 85th Legislature, First Called Session: July 17, 2017 The Honorable Greg Abbott, Governor The Honorable Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor The Honorable Joe Straus, Speaker of the House Members of the 85th Legislature Ladies and Gentlemen: In accordance with my responsibilities under Article III, Section 49a…

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TETAF joins Texas Hospital Association (THA) in expressing disappointment over the defeat of HB 2068. In a press release sent today, THA states: “We are deeply disappointed that certain interest groups blocked passage of House Bill 2068 in the last days of the 85th legislature. HB 2068 would have replaced the Driver Responsibility Program with…

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The Conference Committee is expected to finalize the state budget for 2018-2019 shortly. TETAF is calling on all stakeholders to make one final push for strong trauma and emergency healthcare funding. Take action via VoterVoice here or call your state legislators today!

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The Department of State Health Services has announced the FY 2016 Uncompensated Trauma Care Fund distributions to designated trauma facilities occurred the week of May 8, 2017.  The disbursement amounts can be viewed at the link below:  http://dshs.texas.gov/emstraumasystems/UncompensatedTraumaCareFundDistMay2017.aspx Please contact Indra Hernandez at indra.hernandez@dshs.texas.gov or (512) 834-6669 if you have any questions about the uncompensated trauma care funding.

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TETAF has joined a broad coalition of stakeholders in support of the committee substitute to HB 2068 by Rep. Phillips (R-Sherman). HB 2068 would eliminate the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) but would replace funding for the state trauma system through modified fines penalizing irresponsible drivers, including those convicted of driving while intoxicated, while giving counties and…

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Are you looking for an easy way to make a difference at the Capitol?  TETAF provides templates on many important trauma and emergency healthcare issues on our advocacy page. It takes only a few minutes to contact your State Representative and State Senator to show your support. Try it today!

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The Speaker today announced House committee assignments for the 85th legislative session. A full list of committee assignments is available online. “We want to utilize Members’ strengths and allow them to work on issues that matter to their districts,” said Speaker Straus, San Antonio. There are 38 standing committees in the House. In addition, Speaker…

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The Texas Senate Finance Committee met this week for a first look at the proposed state budget for FY 2018-2019. On Monday, the committee heard invited testimony from the Legislative Budget Board and the Department of State Health Services. Today, members of the public were invited to provide testimony on the budgets for all health…

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The Texas Hospital Association recently released a new video on state trauma care funding for designated facilities. The video highlights the discrepancy between uncompensated care and state reimbursement. The video can be found online here.

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