State Policy Updates
Providers and clients need good policies and strong investment to ensure access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services
Legislative Appropriations Request
Updated December 8, 2020
On October 27, 2020 the Texas Health and Human Services Commission released their Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for the 2022-2023 biennium. Before the start of each legislative session (held in odd number years), state agencies must prepare and submit LARs that will inform the development of the General Appropriations Act (GAA), the legislation that provides state agencies with funding for the following two fiscal years (biennium).
Informed by an agency’s strategic plan, the LAR outlines priorities for the next biennium and includes detailed fiscal information (like projected costs, methods of finance, and performance measures) for programs and services along with budget riders—which are policy directives that are included in the GAA.
Click the button below to download an Issue Brief with a focus on the funding requested to support the women’s health programs administered by HHSC: Healthy Texas Women, Family Planning Program, and Breast and Cervical Cancer Services.
You can also read our comments in response to the Public Budget Hearing submitted to the Legislative Budget Board and Governor’s Office on Budget and Policy on November 25, 2020 on funding for these programs.
Interim Hearing Testimony
Updated October 30, 2020
Every Body Texas provided written testimony to several legislative committees in advance of the 87th Legislature.
As the rates of unemployed and uninsured Texans rise across the state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical for state leaders to both fund safety net healthcare services and to reduce the number of uninsured Texans to ensure that our health and economy recover. Every Body Texas urges the Texas Legislature to maintain funding levels for Healthy Texas Women and the Family Planning Program during the 87th Legislature, and to work with HHSC and key stakeholders to address outstanding women’s health program implementation issues.
We support policies that will help reduce the high uninsured rate among Texas adults, including extending Medicaid coverage for new moms from 60 days to one year postpartum and accepting federal Medicaid funding to offer insurance to low-income adults in Texas. We also support maintaining flexibility for telehealth and telemedicine services, allowing clients to safely access care from their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and potentially increasing access to care across Texas longer-term.
Read our full testimony in the link box below.
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