Video Recap: Health Commissioners Push for More Public Health Funding
By Brent Annear

As lawmakers were beginning to look over proposed budget bills in both the House and the Senate, Texas’ most recent health commissioners made a bid for adequate public health and prevention funding this week in a rare appearance together.

The Texas Medical Association hosted the event. We hear some of their arguments in this week’s Legislative News Hotline video.

Also, TMA Advocacy Vice President Darren Whitehurst completes his summary of TMA’s top legislative priorities, covering public health, behavioral health, opioids, and the Texas Medical Board. 

Watch that and more in this week’s video report.

Legislative Hotline video features TMA Vice President of Advocacy Darren Whitehurst detailing parts of our legislative wish list, starting with the budget and better Medicaid funding.



Both chambers will meet again Tuesday, when the Senate Finance Committee is expected to begin work. House committee appointments also should be announced next week. 
For more legislative news, check out TMA’s website

Also, make sure you receive TMA’s Legislative News Hotline each day, via Texas Medicine Today. Here’s how: Just log in to the Edit My Interests page on your TMA profile. Ensure you get all the legislative updates by selecting "Health care issues in the Texas Legislature" as one of your Grassroots and Advocacy interests, and TMA’s updates on the latest bills affecting medicine will arrive in your inbox as part of Texas Medicine Today at 2 pm each day lawmakers convene at the Capitol throughout Texas’ 86th legislative session.  


Last Updated On

January 29, 2019

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Brent Annear

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Brent Annear is TMA’s director of media relations and PR. He joined TMA in 2001 after working two decades in television news. Brent and his team share TMA’s mission and vision with the world through news releases, blog and social media posts, and videos. He is a University of Texas graduate who hails from Minnesota. Brent is married and has two stepsons. He enjoys photography, golf, travel, volunteering and woodworking projects, and he is a private pilot. 

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