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    The Legislative Session Marches On

    April 8, 2019, 11:24 AM by Dylan Lancaster
    With March now in the rear-view mirror, Dr. Ben Raimer reflects on both the UTMB School of Medicine and Galveston County chamber of commerce trips to Austin. Following this reflection he provides an update on priority legislation and related UTMB interests.
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    Closing the Gaps

    February 28, 2019, 13:31 PM by Dylan Lancaster
    With several more weeks of the Texas Legislature’s 86th session behind us, Dr. Ben Raimer examines the effects of past legislative sessions on UTMB and how those effects gave rise to our requests this session. He also touches on the warm welcome UTMB received in Austin.
  • Legislative Session 2019

    Texas 86th Legislative Session Begins!

    January 29, 2019, 15:09 PM by Dylan Lancaster
    With the first couple of weeks of the Texas Legislature’s 86th session in the rear-view mirror, Dr. Ben Raimer provides insight on legislative personnel changes, the budget outlook and UTMB's budget requests. Get ready for another fantastic series of Ben's Blog posts in 2019!
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    Groundhog Day in July

    July 21, 2017, 08:10 AM by Ben Raimer
    Austin is back at it. The Texas Legislature gaveled into the first called special session at midday on Tuesday, July 18, to take up business that fell victim to the Mothers’ Day Massacre near the end of the 85th regular session.
  • Sine Die Budget Results

    The Results are In!

    June 1, 2017, 15:57 PM by Dylan Lancaster
    Sine die—the last day of the regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature—arrived on Memorial Day, May 29. As we await word of a special session, I thought a review of where we’ve been and how our funding looks for the FY2018/2019 biennium would be helpful.
  • Bill Massacre 2017

    The Great House Bill Massacre of 2017

    May 19, 2017, 09:33 AM by Dylan Lancaster
    This week in Austin saw one of the most dramatic bill killings of all times. Pent up emotions found their way onto the House floor in what the media has termed the "Mother’s Day Massacre." The House Freedom Caucus, composed of very conservative members from north central Texas, used various parliamentary maneuvers Thursday evening and Friday to kill scores of bills.
  • Bills Live or Die

    Proposed Bills: Live or Die?

    May 12, 2017, 15:44 PM by Ben Raimer
    Today (Thursday, May 11) is a magic day for this legislative session: when the clock strikes midnight tonight, the hundreds and hundreds of House bill that have made it through the laborious legislative process either live or die. If a bill has not cleared the hurdles of approval in the House by that time, it is dead. The only hope for resuscitation is to find a suitable bill that has cleared the House, and attach all or parts of the failed bill to the active bill as a floor amendment.

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CONFERENCE: Who Cares for the Health of Migrants?

Jul 27, 2017, 14:54 PM by Dylan Lancaster
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Register at the Official Website: www.utmb.edu/migrants 
Save the date: 
October 11-12, 2017 Levin Hall, The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Texas

Why the concern?

The period between 1990 and 2013 brought a remarkable increase in migration to the Americas with the number of immigrants in the U.S. climbing to a record 45.8 million. Immigrants to the U.S. report a lack of access to high quality, culturally appropriate health care services. A number of factors contribute to a lack of access including immigration law and policy, the structure and organization of health care services, and health care-seeking behaviors.

Who should participate?

This conference is designed to provide constructive policy dialogue among relevant stakeholder groups concerned with the health status of the world’s migrant population. Relevant stakeholders include, immigrant residents, law and policy makers, government leaders, health care professionals, health system administrators, academicians, researchers, community-based service providers, and international and multi-lateral organization representatives.

What to expect from the conference?

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for collective learning and collaboration to better understand the immigrant reality in terms of health outcomes, access to health care, and the wide range of determinants that shape immigrant conditions. We will explore the contributions of various stakeholders to intervene and/or address gaps in policy and practice. The conference also aims to identify concrete next steps to enhance cooperation among concerned organizations and individuals.