Primary Care Issue Brief & Letter to Governor Abbott

40+ local, state and national organizations and several individuals who represent and serve millions of Texans raising their voices in support of primary care transformation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a number of long-standing issues facing primary care in Texas including an increasing chronic disease burden; growing uninsured and underinsured populations; growing health disparities; chronic and acute practitioner shortages and payment models that do not support longitudinal and comprehensive primary care. A strong, well-resourced, and resilient primary care foundation is essential to an effective and efficient health system and is critical to ensuring the health of all individuals and communities.

Texas Primary Care Consortium (TPCC) has joined forces with 40+ local, state and national organizations and several individuals who represent and serve millions of Texans to call for action to protect, reinvent, and reinvigorate primary care in Texas. TPCC, guided by our Advisory Committee, sent an open letter to Governor Greg Abbott, the members of the Texas legislature, and health system leaders outlining concerns and recommending actions. The letter was signed and endorsed by a wide variety of organizations that are concerned about primary care in Texas and the health of all Texans. Accompanying the letter is a data-driven, evidence informed issue brief entitled "Primary Care in Texas: A call to action for an urgent consensus-based approach on primary care and health system transformation in Texas.”