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Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation by a county of a portion of the value of the residence homestead of a physician who provides health care services for which the physician agrees not to seek payment from any source, including the Medicaid program or otherwise from this state or the federal government, to county residents who are indigent or who are Medicaid recipients.
HJR 25 proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing a county commissioners court to create a tax exemption, not to exceed 50% of the appraised value, for a licensed physician's homestead residence for a physician who provides health care services without seeking payment from any source, including the Medicaid, to county residents who are indigent or who are Medicaid recipients.
The purpose of this bill is to create incentive for physicians to offer pro bono health care services to indigent patients, thereby expanding access to to health care services for the indigent without adding to the burden of already struggling public programs.
While we appreciate that this bill is permissive and limited in scope, and is intended to serve a noble purpose, HJR 25 would achieve its aims by allowing counties to give special tax treatment to a preferred class of citizens. For these reasons we oppose HJR 25.