Healthcare Legislative & Governmental Issues

Our Healthcare attorneys work closely with our renowned Legislative team to represent the interests of healthcare clients on matters pending before the Texas Legislature and various state and federal regulatory agencies. We assist clients with regulatory and legislative analysis, strategic planning, legislature and agency advocacy, and defining healthcare public policy goals.

Effective state representation is about relationships and cultivating trust. Our Legislative practice group’s reputation is unparalleled and with over a century of advocating for legislative change, the team has longstanding relationships with high-level political officials and commissioners. Our experience and the relationships we have fostered help to protect and advance the interests of our clients in their business endeavors, particularly in the rapidly changing and highly-regulated healthcare industry.

With an unparalleled knowledge of the legislative process and key players, we help clients achieve their policy goals—whether during the legislative session with a priority piece of legislation or a budgetary need, or in the interim during the agency rulemaking process. We work closely with healthcare clients to draft and track proposed legislation. We monitor proposed rules and regulations and work with elected and appointed leaders in the Texas Legislature, Governor’s Office, and various state agencies to ensure our Healthcare attorneys and clients are informed on the proper interpretation of implemented regulations and apprised of legislative changes on the horizon.

Our relationships with members of the legislative and executive branches of state government are both personal and professional. We have a solid reputation for implementing winning strategies, and a thorough understanding of the intricacies of the legislative process—working with leaders of both major political parties, and finding solutions where others only see problems.

Practice Category

Kate Goodrich
Kate Goodrich

Governmental Affairs Consultant, Austin

Denise Rose
Denise Rose

Partner, Austin

Jack E. Skaggs
Jack E. Skaggs

Partner, Austin

  • Represented healthcare professionals in passage of legislation affecting regulation of and participation in managed care organizations.
  • Advocated for and secured increases in Medicaid funding for ICF-IID, Class, HCS and foster care programs, children’s hospitals and rural hospitals, the nursing home and home healthcare industries, vendor drug program, and other healthcare providers.
  • Represented hospital clients in legislation to expand the use of telemedicine and telehealth.
  • Represented healthcare professionals in the Sunset Commission’s review of their professional licensing board.
  • Represented hospital clients in passage of legislation creating the legal structure for a “local provider participation fund” in a county not served by a hospital district or a public hospital to provide a mechanism for rural areas to collect revenue to help cover healthcare costs.
  • Represented advanced practice registered nurses in passage of legislation related to prescriptive authority and clinical privileges.
  • Secured passage of legislation related to the continuing education, licensure, regulation and reimbursement of and referrals to occupational therapists.
  • Advocated for and secured funding to help address the nursing shortage crisis In Texas.
  • Advocated for and helped pass legislation to require the development and use of a single prior authorization form for pharmaceuticals.
  • Ensured the continued recognition in Texas of competency-based nursing education through the passage of legislation.
  • Sought and helped pass legislation requiring school district policies for students at risk of anaphylaxis.
  • Represented clients with contracts to deter fraud in welfare programs.
  • Secured passage of legislation to require ERS to make TRICARE recipients who are state employees aware of the availability of supplemental insurance.
  • Advocated for and secured funding increases for family violence services and the Battering Intervention Prevention Program.
  • Assisted hospital system in recouping Medicaid payments.
  • Medicaid and Medicare
  • Hospital financing
  • Telemedicine/Telehealth
  • Higher education formula funding
  • Sunset reviews of state agencies
  • State appropriations process
  • Healthcare practice issues
  • Public health policy
  • Scope of practice
  • Graduate medical education
  • Long-term care