It's that time in the state's two-year budget cycle when state agencies prepare funding requests for the Texas Legislature to consider in next year's session. No agency's budget is more important to physicians than that of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), whose massive portfolio includes the state's Medicaid, public health, mental health, and women's health programs.
In an official letter to HHSC leadership, TMA and state specialty societies representing family physicians, pediatricians, and obstetrician-gynecologists laid out physicians' funding priorities for the 2018–19 state budget. Competitive physician payments in Medicaid and reversal of the steep funding cuts for dual-eligible patients topped TMA's list of recommendations.
TMA also called for better funding for women's preventive, primary, and behavioral health care; mental health and substance abuse services; local and state infectious disease surveillance; vaccination and antitobacco programs; and early childhood programs for children with developmental or physical disabilities.
Action, June 1, 2016
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October 11, 2016