The 83rd Legislative Session Begins Jan. 8
The 83rd Texas Legislative Session begins Tuesday, January 8, 2013, and the stakes are high for children’s hospitals and the children and families that we serve.
In 2011, the Legislature did not fully fund Medicaid services for the current state fiscal year 2013, which runs from September 1, 2012 through August of 2013; therefore, one of the first items of business will be to appropriate $4.7 billion to pay for Medicaid and other health and human services programs for the rest of this fiscal year.
The Texas economy and population are outpacing the rest of the nation in growth, and this is especially true for children. The number of children who rely on Medicaid, CHIP and other public programs continues to grow rapidly.
Medicaid covers more than half of the children admitted to children’s hospitals, and our hospitals serve children statewide. In 2010, the eight CHAT member hospitals served children from all but 13 of Texas’ 254 counties.
If cuts are made, or if Medicaid funding does not keep up with the costs necessary to serve a growing child population, children’s hospitals will face major difficulties in providing the range of comprehensive services that children in Texas need and deserve.
The Children’s Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT) and our member hospitals will be working with state legislators to preserve funding for children’s healthcare and to support legislation that improves the quality of healthcare for Texas children.
Photos courtesy of Texas Children's Hospital
How You Can Help
You have received this newsletter because you are an employee or are otherwise affiliated with one of CHAT’s member hospitals or you have indicated that you would like to receive information about children’s healthcare in Texas.
Throughout the Session you may be asked to contact your legislators before key votes. You can also help spread the word about the coalition among your co-workers, colleagues, and other business and personal contacts. Educate them about children’s healthcare issues and encourage them to get involved. You CAN make a difference!
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