TALA is committed to ensuring that assisted living’s voice is heard at the Texas Capitol and by state regulators.
TALA monitors and aggressively advocates to protect and promote the interest of assisted living in Texas through legislative initiatives. During the recent 86th Legislative Session, TALA worked with key legislators to ensure enactment of a membership priority - clarifying the types of services assisted living communities can provide. HB 3329 defines a assisted living facility as a facility that may perform Health Maintenance Activities (HMAs) as defined by the Texas Board of Nursing.
During the 86th Legislative Session, TALA also provided input and impacted other legislation that will affect assisted living communities. To see what passed and what did not view the presentation from a recent TALA webinar: 86th Legislative Session Wrap-up.
Grass Roots Development
Having people at the Capitol informed about assisted living issues gives us an edge during the legislative session. Getting legislators and their staff out to your Texas communities helps them understand the incredible work that assisted living providers are doing and understand the challenges you face.
Please contact TALA if you would like to host a legislator for a tour or invite them to an event at your community.
On the Regulatory Horizon
Texas faces big changes this year as the agency that monitors senior living, the Department of Aging and Disability Services, will cease to exist as 9/1/2017. The Department of Aging and Disability Services will be consolidated into Texas Health and Human Services. The consolidation began almost two years ago and is one part of a major revamp to the state’s health agencies. The regulatory arm of the Department of Aging and Disability Services will be placed in the Regulatory Services Division of Texas Health and Human Services.
TALA will monitor implementation of the significant legislation from the 85th – we will be involved with various Texas Health and Human Services’ work groups to provide input, submit testimony, and testify as needed.
Please contact TALA’s VP of Public Policy, Diana Martinez, if you have any questions about public policy or want to get involved.