HCMS Legislative Advocacy

HCMS represents your interests before the members of the Texas Legislature and our local members of Congress. Together with the Texas Medical Association (TMA), we bring in-depth knowledge of the issues that matter most to you to the doorstep of lawmakers and provide them with the education to make reasoned, well-informed decisions. In Washington, we keep our Congressional delegation informed about what is happening back home, so they can make decisions based on what is happening in Harris County, not inside the Beltway. We also keep our members informed about pending legislation that will affect you, your patients and your practice.

Current News 

Texas Legislative Wins for 2017

Click here to see the 85th Texas Legislative Wins outlined by TMA.

Gov. Abbot signs Maintenance of Certification Relief bill

Gov. Greg Abbot signed the Maintenance of Certification Relief bill that bans the Texas Medical Board from using maintenance of certification for receiving or renewing a medical license. It also bans hospitals and health plans from differentiating physicians solely on maintenance of certification. Click here to read the bill.

Surprise Billing  
Balance-Billing, Step Therapy Measures Highlight Insurance Wins for Medicine
- Surprise! Balance Billing Still a Focus at the Capitol

Scope of Practice 

Prescription Drug Monitoring 


Tobacco 21 

- Survey: GOP Voters Overwhelmingly Support Child Immunization Laws
- Why Vaccine Opponents Think They Know More Than Medical Experts

2017 Legislative Advocacy

2016 Legislative Advocacy


2016 Texas Legislative Interim  

2015 Texas Legislative Session  


For more detailed information on our legislative activities or to access resources, click a link below.

Texas Legislature 

U.S. Congress 

Legislative Resources 

Who Represents Me?

HCMS Delegation to the TMA House of Delegates