2017-2018 Interim Activity

Advocating for children doesn't stop with the end of the legislative session. TPS remains active during the interim by implementing legislation, commenting on proposed rules and providing interim testimony.

TPS Interim Actions

September 5, 2017
September 8, 2017 TPS and Children's Health Coverage Coalition Letter to Texas Congressional Delegation on CHIP Funding
December 11, 2017 TPS, TMA, ACOG, TAFP Comment Letter on Draft Policy for Postpartum Depression Screening Benefit  
December 13, 2017 TMA, TPS, TAFP, TAOG, ACOG-TX, FTP Letter on Implementation of Rider 219
December 18, 2017 TPS, TMA, TAFP Comment Letter on Draft Policy for Adolescent Mental Health Screening
January 10, 2018 TPS Letter to San Antonio City Council Supporting Tobacco 21 Ordinance
January 26, 2018 TPS, TMA, TAFP, FTP Written Comments on Draft 3 Day Medical Exam Guidelines
February 16, 2018 TPS, TMA Comment letter on Draft Rules for Children's Autism Program
February 16, 2018 TPS Comments on Draft TEA Correction Action Plan re: Special Education Services
March 21, 2018 TMA, TPS, TAFP, TAOG, ACOG-TX, FTP Testimony on Medicaid Managed Care Quality & Simplification
March 28, 2018 TPS, TMA, TAFP Testimony on Investment in the Early Childhood Intervention Program
April 13, 2018 TPS, TMA Written Comments on Rules for HB 1600 and HB 2466 in Texas Register
April 23, 2018 TMA, TPS, TAFP, TAOG and ACOG-TX Recommendations for HHSC's 2020-21 LAR  
May 8, 2018 House of Medicine Letter to TDI Expressing Concern re: BCBSTX Emergency Benefit Change
May 14, 2018 TOA, TMA, TPS Opposing Comments on Pediatric Ophthalmological Procedure Rate Cuts
May 15, 2018 TPS, TMA Supportive Comments on Proposed Medicaid Rate for Post-Partum Depression Screening
May 17, 2018 TPS, TMA Testimony (Dr. Linnell) House Public Health Interim Charge on Trauma-Informed Approaches
May 22, 2018 TMA, TPS, TAFP, ACOG-TX, TAOG Opposing Comments on CMS Medicaid Access Rules
June 21, 2018 TMA, TPS, TAFP, TCEP, ACOG-TX, TAOG Recommendations for DSHS 2020-2021 LAR
June 25, 2018 TPS House Criminal Jurisprudence Testimony (Dr. Edwards) on Firearm Injury and Fatality Prevention
June 27, 2018 TPS House Appropriations Subcommittee Article II Testimony (Dr. Mauk) on Medicaid Managed Care
June 28, 2018 TPS, TMA House Public Education & Health Testimony (Dr. Mauk) on Child Psychiatry Access Programs
July 13, 2018 TPS, TMA Recommendations for DFPS 2020-2021 LAR  
July 24, 2018 TPS Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools Testimony (Dr. Edwards) Firearm Injury Prevention
August 2, 2018 TPS Letter to DSHS re: Rider 37 Newborn Screening Payment Stakeholder Meeting
August 8, 2018 TMA, TPS House Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Use Written Testimony
August 9, 2018 TPS, TMA Joint House PH-HS Committee Testimony on CPS and MH/SUD in Children/Families
September 10, 2018 TMA, TPS Joint DSHS Testimony for Legislative Budget Board Hearing
September 13, 2018 TPS, TMA Joint DFPS Testimony for Legislative Budget Board Hearing
September 19, 2018 TPS, TMA, TAFP HHSC Testimony on ECI for Legislative Budget Board Hearing
October 14, 2018 TMA, TPS, TAFP, ACOG-TX, TAOG Comments on Proposed Rule 355.201 re: Medicaid Rates
November 6, 2018 TPS Comments on Proposed Rule re: Flores Settlement Agreement
November 9, 2018 TMA, TPS, TAFP, TAOG Comment on Proposed Rule 1R052 re: Medicaid Managed Care Network Adequacy
November 13, 2018 TPS, TMA Testimony on Foster Care and Trauma Informed Care
December 7, 2018 TPS, TAOG Comments Opposing the "Public Charge" Proposed Rule


85th Session Interim Charges

Each interim, the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House assign interim charges for Senate and House Committees to study. See below for assigned topics, many of which relate to the health and wellbeing of Texas children:

Texas Immunization Policy Education Project

Immunization advocacy is core staple of the Texas Pediatric Society. In order to have meaningful conversations about the merits of immunization and public health policy at the Texas Capitol, Texas pediatricians feel a base level of factual knowledge is necessary among decision makers. To this end, we've partnered with The Immunization Partnership and Methodist Healthcare Ministries to do a 3-part educational series on immunizations for legislators and their staff. 

  1. “The Basics: Immunization Recommendations and Law” - February 27, 2018
    • Participants learned about the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule, how and why the schedule is created, and the intersection between recommendations, law, and public health.
    • Allison Winnike, JD is President & CEO of the Immunization Partnership. She also serves as Adjunct Professor for the University of Houston Law Center’s Health Law & Policy Institute, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and is a Fellow for the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government & Public Service Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs.
    • Immunization Recommendations and Law PowerPoint Presentation
    • Vaccine Myths Debunked Fact Sheet
  2. "Movie and a Meal: NOVA Special - Calling the Shots” - April 3, 2018
    • The Nova Special, "Calling the Shots", was screened for attendees with an expert panel of pediatricians following to answer questions and provide specific Texas examples of what was discussed in the documentary.
    • Susan Wootton, MD, FAAP completed her pediatric residency at the University of Virginia.  She served as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer with the CDC for 2 years after which time she completed her pediatric infectious disease fellowship at Texas Children's Hospital and post-doctoral fellowship in Vaccinology at the University of British Columbia's Vaccine Evaluation Center in Vancouver, B.C. Since joining the McGovern Medical School, Dr. Wootton has been involved in all levels of teaching, clinical care and has received multiple research awards. Her research focuses primarily on vaccine-preventable infections and vaccine delivery. She currently serves as Board Member of the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) and Co-Chair for the TPS Infectious Disease Committee, as well as Board Member for The Immunization Partnership.

    • Ari Brown, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician, author, child health advocate, and a mom. A Harvard-trained pediatrician, she has been in private practice for over 20 years and is the Founder and CEO of 411 Pediatrics and After Hours Care in Austin, TX. But her passion to educate families about children’s health goes beyond the office. She is the author of the bestselling “411” parenting book series including Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for your Baby’s First YearExpecting 411, and Toddler 411. She is a trusted voice for children’s health, serving as a medical advisor for Parents Magazine and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  3. "Community Immunity: What it is and what does it mean to your district?"

    • Examples of vaccine preventable diseases, like measles, making a comeback are becoming all too frequent. Through a model simulation using Texas immunizations rates, participants learned about the impact of community immunity and how without it outbreaks can take their toll on specific Texas legislative districts.

    • Mark S. Roberts, MD, MPP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and is professor of Medicine, Industrial Engineering and Clinical and Translational Science. He directs of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, a mathematical modeling group in the Graduate School of Public Health. He has applied the methods of decision sciences, simulation and modeling to health care decisions, cost-effectiveness analysis and the delivery of care for the past 30 years, published over 170 peer-reviewed papers, and been funded on over 40 federally funded grants.

    • Modeling Measles Vaccination in Texas PowerPoint Presentation

    • Modeling Measles in Texas Fact Sheet