March 14, 2021

"Solutions in Search of Problems"
7,022 Bills Filed in Austin, a Several-Hour Read

TOA typically dedicates these "issue focus" e-mails to a brief look at one particular issue. However, the Texas Legislature hit the all-important 60th day of the Texas Legislature on Friday, which also marks the bill filing deadline for 2021.

Once Friday ended, the House and Senate filed a total of 7,022 bills.

Click here to view TOA's bill tracker, which follows hundreds of bills that touch on orthopaedic practices. TOA invites you to take a glance to get a feel for what the Texas Legislature may consider before the time that it wraps up on Memorial Day.

Some bills are of great importance to our patients. For example, some bills would reform health plans' unnecessary prior authorization hurdles.

Meanwhile, many bills are "solutions in search of problems." Many of the filed bills will cause more harm than good, and it's time to go to work to defeat those bills.

Click here to view TOA's musculoskeletal primer for state lawmakers.

Click here to send an e-mail about opioid policy to your state lawmakers.
Bobby Hillert | Executive Director
Texas Orthopaedic Association | 214.728.7672 m