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2023 Session Recap

This year, Texas lawmakers zeroed in on existing health care programs, leaving bolder measures by the wayside

Pregnant moms on Medicaid will get health care coverage for a year, patients will get more detailed billing and nurses will get help with school loans. But efforts failed to gain steam for legalizing fentanyl test strips, increasing the pool of mental health professionals who accept Medicaid and expanding Medicaid benefits to more Texans.

Learning Tree owner Christa Marek holds her granddaughter at the Learning Tree childcare center in Yoakum, on Sept. 13, 2022.

Latest in the series: 2023 Session Recap

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Women’s health


Medical billing

Community mental health programs and state hospitals receive a boost

Dedicated school mental health funds missing from budget

Child care faces an uncertain future

Child abuse reporting receives a change

Fentanyl test strip bill killed

Medical marijuana expansion fails

No Medicaid expansion, again

More legislation against COVID-19 restrictions

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