Legislative Top 10: How Will Medicine Be Funded in the 2020-21 State Budget?
By Brent Annear

The blur that is the 140-day Texas legislative session has passed, and Texas Medical Association advocacy experts are tallying wins and losses for medicine. 

In this TMA Legislative News Hotline video, TMA Vice President of Advocacy Darren Whitehurst summarizes the health care-related issues and services that lawmakers included in the 2020-21 state budget. (Hint: Some items will please physicians, and some will disappointment them.) 

Mr. Whitehurst ticks off major areas of funding, including mental health, women’s health, Medicaid, prescription drug monitoring (to address opioids and other prescribing), and graduate medical education. 

This video is the first in a daily series of 10 featuring TMA’s chief lobbyist, breaking down bills passed relating to health insurance reform, maternal health, opioids, and other top issues TMA set out to address this session in TMA’s Healthy Vision 2025 plan.

Last Updated On

June 04, 2019

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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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