Contents tagged with legislature
Capitol Update: Watch latest report on TAFP’s priorities in the 83rd Texas Legislature
In this edition of TAFP’s video newscast, Capitol Report, catch up on the … more
It’s no secret that Texas Gov. Rick Perry openly opposes federal health care reform. He has used every opportunity to reiterate that he will veto any effort by the legislature to participate in Medicaid expansion in Texas – an option granted to the states by last summer’s Supreme Court ruling. One source counts 14 states that have fully rejected accepting federal funds to extend health care coverage to low-income adults, while 20 states are fully participating in the expansion and 16 are undecided.
A state certain to participate in the expansion is Colorado, my new home state. The bill to expand Medicaid to 330,000 Coloradans passed both chambers of the General Assembly last week. Once the Senate approves amendments to the House version of the bill, it will head to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has pledged to sign it into law.
In many respects (to the delight of this Texas native), the two states are very similar. Colorado has its urban capital, several other mid-size cities, and vast expanses of rural space. Residents also have a fierce loyalty to the state. And, until the past decade when control of the House, Senate, and the governor’s mansion has flip-flopped between the parties, Colorado has historically been conservative. The current split in the House is 37 Democrats, 28 Republicans. In the Senate, it’s 20 Democrats, 15 Republicans. And, of course, the governor is a Democrat.more
Advocating for family medicine under the pink dome
By Anastasia Benson, D.O.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked in to the TAFP office. Being a recipient of the TAFP … more
By Kate Alfano
Severe budget cuts from the 82nd Texas Legislature left the women’s health care safety net in tatters, but supported by a strong fiscal and public health … more
Capitol Update: Senate passes bill to increase residency slots
The Senate passed legislation last week proposed by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, that will strengthen the … more
Capitol Update: Senate committee approves bill to increase access to primary care
The Senate Committee on Higher Education approved Senate Bill 143 Wednesday, April 3, which would … more
Capitol Update: Watch TAFP’s Capitol Report
Lawmakers filed more than 2,300 bills last week before the first major deadline in the 83rd Texas Legislature. After the … more
Capitol Update: TAFP Board of Directors unanimously supports Medicaid expansion
At last weekend’s Interim Session, TAFP’s Commission on Legislative and Public Affairs … more
Report on the 2013 C. Frank Webber Lectureship
Family physicians gather in Austin for annual lectureship and interim session
Over 400 physicians, residents, and medical … more
Capitol Update: Key House committee explores expansion of residency positions
Graduate medical education is the hot topic du jour of the House Appropriations Committee these days … more