The Texas Legislature meets in odd numbered years for 140 days. During its biennial session, the legislature works on issues it believes are timely and that reflect the priorities individual legislators have brought to office.
Texas is notable for having both the most people without health coverage, in sheer numbers, as well as the highest percentage of uninsured individuals. “New Healthy Texas” is a resource hub for legislators, staff members, and Texans interested in learning more about healthcare issues, and learning about opportunities to close the coverage gap.
Working families represent the largest number of uninsured Texans, and we believe they deserve the same access to care as everyone else.
Issues before the 84th Texas Legislature (2015) include:
- Healthcare coverage for Texas families
- Behavioral health policies that strengthen community based services
- Continuation of the Medicaid 1115 Quality Transformation Waiver
- Protecting the mental and physical health needs of youth
One Voice Texas has helpful policy briefs for the 84th Legislature that address its three priority areas — children and youth, behavioral health, and healthcare. Researched policy briefs are available for download here.
The Texas Tribune maintains excellent resources for committees, committee members, and issues on their site here.
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