Bill

HB 80

86(R) - 2019
House Higher Education
House Higher Education
Healthcare
Higher Education

Contact the Author

Evelina Ortega

Phone:

512-463-0638

Capitol Office:

E2.210

Email:

Vote Recommendation

No
  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Evelina Ortega
Angie Chen Button
Donna Howard
J.D. Sheffield
Lynn Stucky

Bill Caption

Relating to a study and report regarding shortages in certain health professions.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 80 would require the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), in coordination with the Texas Health Professions Resource Center, the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, and the Texas Demographic Center to conduct a study to identify statewide and regional shortages in health professions, with an emphasis on shortages in doctor-level training in those professions. The results of the study would form the basis of a recommendation by the THECB concerning the establishment of new programs and expansion of existing programs to meet the identified shortages. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action recommends opposing HB 80. This bill violates our principles of limited government and free markets by expanding the role of the state government by requiring the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to determine what the appropriate number of healthcare providers is for a variety of professions. We believe that if a study is needed for researching the need for various health professions, the study would be best conducted by private entities operating in a free market setting. For these reasons, we oppose HB 80.

Organizations Supporting

Center for Public Policy Priorities
Texas Federation of Drug Stores
 National Association of Social Workers/Texas

Contact the Author

Evelina Ortega

Phone:

512-463-0638

Capitol Office:

E2.210

Email: