Thank you for tuning in. It has been an eventful couple of weeks. As always, you may contact my office with your views via phone (512-463-0661) or mail (P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768). Here is what we have been up to recently in Austin.
Protecting Patients of Freestanding ERs
Last week, I filed HB 2041, which would create a new standard for freestanding ERs to clearly disclose information related to insurance coverage. This legislation seeks to protect patients from unexpected medical bills through requiring freestanding ERs to clearly state which health plans the facility is in-network for. I hope this bill creates more informed patients and helps prevent high emergency care costs for Texans.
Cypress Christian Athletes Visit
On February 13th, we had the pleasure of hosting students from Cypress Christian School. It was great to show them their State Capitol and welcome them to the floor of the Chamber. I filed House Resolutions 312, 313, and 314 to honor their Track, Basketball, and Football teams on their respective state championship wins. I am incredibly proud of these young athletes, and it is great to see them succeed on such a high level.
On the dais with star athletes from each team and their coaches
Welcomed Pastor Averri LeMalle
Last week, I had the opportunity to host my Pastor Averri LeMalle of Champion Forest Baptist Church as the Pastor of the Day for the House of Representatives. He gave a great invocation and represented our district well. It was great to share this part of my life with the Texas House of Representatives.
On the dais with Pastor LeMalle and Speaker Bonnen
Project Recovery Funding Applications
Project Recovery serves residents living within Harris County but outside Houston City Limits. They offer several programs to provide funding assistance to those affected by Harvey, 2015 and 2016 floods. To apply or learn more, go to www.harrisrecovery.org. Contact 832-927-4961 or e-mail RebuildHarris@csd.hctx.net with questions.
Hurricane Harvey Registry
The Hurricane Harvey Registry is an optional survey for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in any capacity or even those not affected. It just released its initial report that revealed the extent of Harvey’s impact on housing, debris, and physical and mental health. The report largely focuses on data collected in Harris County and seeks to provide ideas on the best ways to connect those who register with long-term recovery resources. To take the survey or read the initial report, go to harveyregistry.rice.edu.
Dr. Tom Oliverson
Republican State Representative
House District 130