The legislative priorities for Golden Triangle Days in Austin represent the important business issues facing the Golden Triangle—the energy-gateway for the State of Texas and the United States. Consisting of the cities of Beaumont, Orange, and Port Arthur and the counties of Jefferson and Orange, the Golden Triangle is home to the largest petro-chemical, refining and manufacturing complex in the nation responsible for $21 billion in annual gross product and $942 million in annual taxes for the State of Texas. This agenda has been developed by the chambers of commerce of those cities and approved by their respective boards of directors. The chambers represent thousands of businesses throughout the region.
Access to high quality health care is a key component to continued economic development. It is
also critical in a heavily industrialized area to have top tier trauma and high quality healthcare.
The Golden Triangle is challenged by a high level of uncompensated indigent and uninsured
care with uncertainty about the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Golden Triangle supports measures that provide affordable quality health care to Texans in
a manner that remains affordable to the employer. We recommend the following:
-Retain dedicated funding sources for critical local trauma services and promptly
distribute those funds to hospitals and physicians who provide uncompensated emergency
-Support non-government efforts to reduce the number of uninsured Texans. A Texas
approach should require personal responsibility, responsible utilization of health care
services, promote primary care and prevention, and ensure fiscal responsibility and
efficient management of public resources. We support a Texas solution to draw down
federal healthcare dollars.
-Seek federal waivers that would allow flexibility for Medicaid coverage that allows
adequate payment for services, access and restore adequate funding for disproportionate
share funding for hospitals.
-Ensure that University of Texas Medical Branch resumes its traditional role as the Level I
hospital for the Southeast Texas region.
-Support programs for the mentally ill and programs for the developmentally disabled.
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