The Future of Advocacy in Texas. Presented by: Dennis Borel & Chase Bearden. Overview of Presentation. Is advocacy changing? For the better or worse Where is the power held in Texas Texas Legislative Cycle Traditional vs. Nontraditional partnerships
Dennis Borel & Chase Bearden
Texas has a total of 181 legislators, with 150 members of the House and 31 members of the Senate.
Republican Party (19)
Democratic Party (12)
Republican Party (95)
Democratic Party (55)
How should the disability community move forward?
These partnerships are where we find growth, money, influence, opportunity, change, access, information, etc.
4,089 special interest groups hired lobbyist in 2013. Lobbyist in Texas are required to detail who hires them to influence legislation & public policy.
A lobbyist is an activist who seeks to persuade members of the government (like members of Congress) to enact legislation that would benefit their group. The lobbying profession is a legitimate and integral part of our democratic political process that is not very well understood by the general population.
There are a limited number of projects and issues that can be funded or legislated and non-profit organizations need be able to compete to be heard above the noise.
A health care providers are individuals or businesses that provides preventive, curative, promotional or rehabilitative health care services in a systematic way to individuals, families or communities.
The day is ever changing – consistently reexamine your oppositions: stance, beliefs and willingness to compromise.
com . pro . mise
: a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute
: something that combines the qualities of two different things
As the world has discovered through the grass-roots revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia —driven in part by messages on Twitter and Facebook—online social media can be powerful tools for spurring social change. And increasingly, both fledgling nonprofits and long-established charities are taking up those tools in issue advocacy.
- Maureen West
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EX. Of Mandate
Chapter 1352 (Brain Injury), Insurance Code, extends medically necessary post-acute brain injury health care coverage to certain eligible policyholders. Most insurance carriers adhere to the intent of this statute, with one major exception. In this instance, this carrier has a huge market in this state. And its market now includes State of Texas employees and retirees.
H.B. 2929 clarifies current provisions within the statute that have hindered a policyholder or enrollee from being admitted and otherwise would not be covered if a policyholder or enrollee within these groups sustain a brain injury.
HB 2929 Hearing Video
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