Dr. Tom Oliverson

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New law seeks to prevent surprise medical bills from freestanding ERs

Texas Tribune Shannon Najmabadi A new law requires Texas’ freestanding emergency rooms to more clearly communicate what health insurance networks they’re in, if any. Patients who visit freestanding emergency rooms in Texas should now have a better idea of whether their health insurance will cover the bill. A new state law that took effect Sept.…

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Be nice and carry a gun: Freshman of the year Rep. Tom Oliverson’s nuanced take on the special session

Austin Statesman Jonathan Tilove At the midpoint of this summer’s special legislative session, the political narrative seems clear. We are poised for a potentially ugly showdown in the final two weeks. On one side are Gov. Greg Abbott, who called the special session and laid out its 20-point conservative agenda, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick,…

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Bill adding abortion reporting requirements on path to governor’s desk

Texas Tribune Emma Platoff and Morgan Smith A bill that would require physicians and health care facilities to report more details on abortion complications to the state — and would fine those that do not comply — has now passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature. The measure, which covers one of Gov. Greg Abbott‘s…

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Texas must help consumers understand freestanding ERs

Dallas News You probably drove by a freestanding emergency room today. Red crosses and vaguely optimistic names like “Excellence” and “Five Star” emblazon buildings all across North Texas, promising convenient emergency care with the ubiquity of a Starbucks. But the names of these 24-hour facilities do little to clarify how they differ from the “urgent…

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Reaching across the aisle, legislators target voter fraud at nursing homes

Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz Here’s something folks rarely see in Austin, or other statehouses, in these politically prickly times: a bipartisan effort to crack down on voter fraud. In the waning days of the 85th Texas Legislative Session, a group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers — backed by party leaders — are pushing to tighten…

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Oliverson’s bill aimed at preventing surprise medical bills from freestanding ER’s passes House

Houston Chronicle Sky Canaves AUSTIN — The House voted 129-11 on Wednesday in favor of the Senate’s version of a bill that will force freestanding emergency rooms and other out-of-network providers into mediation with customers who dispute surprise bills under a state program launched in 2009. Senate Bill 507 also requires that bills sent to…

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Oliverson keeps his promise–votes to end “Franchise Tax”

Texas House Republican Cacus Austin) The Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 28, which will put the franchise tax on a steady track towards a complete repeal. HB 28 uses excess state revenues to cut the rate of the tax, providing proportionate tax relief for all Texas businesses paying the tax. House Bill 28…

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Bill preventing patients from losing insurance coverage for medications they are already taking gets public hearing

Houston Chronicle Sky Canaves AUSTIN — Health insurers are under pressure from Texas legislators to halt a practice that allows them to change the terms of coverage for prescription drugs with a pair of bills in the House and Senate that would extend earlier protections. Patient advocacy groups and doctor and nurse associations long have…

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Oliverson aims to end involuntary organ donations

Houston Chronicle Todd Ackerman Body-snatching images flashed across Dr. Tom Oliverson’s mind when he first heard of a case last year in which a Harris County judge allowed an unidentified man’s organs to be harvested after attempts to find relatives who could provide donor consent proved futile. The Cypress anesthesiologist has served on numerous teams…

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Oliverson keeps his promise–votes to end “sanctuary city policies” in Texas

Texas House Republican Caucus (Austin) Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved legislation that prohibits sanctuary city policies in Texas. Senate Bill 4 ensures federal immigration laws that are already on the books are followed and enforced by prohibiting local entities from adopting sanctuary city policies which threaten public safety. “The purpose of this legislation…

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