The 86th Texas Legislature is closing out week four. Committee appointments have been made in both the House and Senate with some notable changes for aging services and long-term care issues. Both the House and Senate Human Services committees will be led by new Chairs and Vice Chairs. Both committees will also be comprised of newly elected and newly appointed members.
The House and Senate have released their budget proposals focusing additional funding on top priority items like statewide teacher pay raises. Budget hearings are underway in both chambers to further shape the 2020-2021 state budget. LeadingAge Texas will provide testimony to the Senate Finance Committee next week to advocate for adequate Medicaid funding in nursing homes and long term care, and offer solutions to reduce administrative burden so providers may focus on patient care.
Our policy team is working with several legislators to file priority legislation. We are monitoring bills, visiting with newly elected members, and identifying key influencers on the issues that matter most to LeadingAge Texas members.
On February 4th and 5th, we will hold our 2019 Advocacy Workshop & Capitol Day where LeadingAge Texas members from across the state will gather to make their voice heard. The Governor is also scheduled to deliver his budget and State of the State Address.
With the Legislature in full swing we encourage members to get involved and advocate for your organizations and the people you serve. Look for “Calls to Action” from LeadingAge Texas staff and contact your legislators.