Dr. Tom Oliverson

Republican for State Representative
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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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Oliverson says “Not on my watch” to bill aimed at removing State Representative input in low-income housing proposals

Community Impact Emily Donaldson In Texas, affordable housing projects are competitive to build. Each project seeking federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development applies through a statewide point system for selection. Currently, the points system takes into consideration developer support from a county commissioner’s court, local neighborhood associations and a representative in…

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Oliverson’s HB378 better informs students applying for college

The Shorthorn Madelyn Edwards A Texas lawmaker proposed a bill which would give students applying for college more information about debt accrual and possible salary amounts based on majors. Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Cypress, authored House bill 378 to link Texas Consumer Resource for Education and Workforce Statistics to the ApplyTexas website, which is the site…

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