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83rd Texas Post-Legislative Conference Press Release

83rd Texas Post-Legislative Conference Focuses on ACA Rollout

Keynote Speaker is Marge McColl Petty, Health and Human Services’ Director of Region VI

(HOUSTON, TX) September 26, 2013 - As everything else in today’s healthcare community, the 83rd Texas Post-Legislative Conference is focused on the impending rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The conference, which occurs on the eve of enrollment opening on October 1, brings several heavyweights to Houston, including Marge McColl Petty, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Director of Region VI, (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX), who is scheduled to speak at 10:05 a.m.

Petty will discuss current information on rolling out the remaining provisions of the ACA in Texas and across the country. Also featured are Senator Tommy Williams, Chair of the Texas Senate Committee on Finance, providing an overview of the 83rd legislative session, and Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune’s executive editor and co-founder, discussing the role of the media in the legislative process.

The September 30th event, organized by One Voice Texas, Harris County Healthcare Alliance, and United Way of Greater Houston is titled Building a Stronger Community: Advocates for High Quality Health and Human Services. Additional speakers include James (Jim) Smith, Partner, American Continental Group, discussing the future within healthcare—well care vs. sick care—and how the healthcare industry will meet the challenges. In addition, organizations working on the local level that are engaged in outreach, education, and enrollment efforts will present on the local community initiative. With the highest number of uninsured in the state, local coordination is critical!

A highlight will be the annual presentation of the One Voice Texas Awards, presented at noon by Laurie Glaze, Executive Director, One Voice Texas. Afternoon breakout workshops include Behavioral Health: Money Follows the Person; The Role of Substance Abuse Treatment in Integrated Healthcare; Ending Homelessness for All: How Houston/Harris County are Meeting the Challenges, and numerous other topics.

“Texas is being watched closely because of its unique position regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act,” said Lisa Mayes, Executive Director of Harris County Healthcare Alliance. “Community organizations in Houston and surrounding Gulf Coast counties are collaborating to keep the public, as well as the healthcare community, informed about health insurance options during the open enrollment period from now through March 31.”

The conference will be held at United Way of Greater Houston Community Resource Center, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, 77007, September 30, 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (sign-in 8:30 a.m.). Register at

For further details, call LaVonne Carlson, Harris County Healthcare Alliance Communications Director, at 713-368-1340 or Laurie Glaze, One Voice Texas Executive Director at 713-333-2232.

Harris County Healthcare Alliance is a nonprofit organization that brings together healthcare organizations to address gaps in helping the uninsured access healthcare. Its mission is to serve as a catalyst for improving the healthcare system of Houston/Harris County. For more information, visit

One Voice Texas® is a collaborative of 100+ public, private and non-profit organizations and individuals working together to ensure that the health and human services needs of all Texans are addressed through public policy and program initiatives. For more information, visit

 United Way of Greater Houston has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues, and making a lasting difference for over 90 years. United Way of Greater Houston touches close to one of every two lives in the Bay Area, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties. For information, please visit