• PROMOTE ACCESS TO CARE AND HEALTH EQUITY
    • Reduce the number of uninsured individuals in Texas.
    • Fund behavioral health care commensurate with need and foster access to behavioral health services in the most appropriate settings.
    • Expand the use of telehealth in Texas to ensure access to specialists in rural areas and hard to reach communities, and continue flexibilities and waivers for the use of telehealth granted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Allow nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice to the full extent of their training and education to improve access to care, particularly in rural and underserved areas of the state.
  • ENSURE A STRONG SAFETY NET
    • State funding for health care programs and services.
    • Support locally generated solutions, including Local Provider Participation Funds (LPPF), to generate the necessary non-federal share of Medicaid supplemental payments and increased hospital rates.
    • Ensure funds under the Waiver and beyond are distributed equitably based on the provision of care to Medicaid and low-income beneficiaries by hospital providers.
    • Maintain a dedicated funding source for the state’s trauma network.
    • Fund additional graduate medical education (GME) slots in Texas to train the next generation of Texas physicians.
  • ELIMINATE BARRIERS AND INCREASE TRANSPARENCY
    • Reform the Medicaid managed care system in Texas to alleviate burdens placed on health care providers and to ensure uniform policies and procedures by Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) across the state.
    • Increased oversight and transparency of freestanding emergency departments to protect consumers.
  • PROTECT VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AND CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS
    • Support policies consistent with CHRISTUS’ Catholic identity and oppose proposals that would conflict with the Ethical and Religious Directives that inform CHRISTUS’ mission.