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Texas State Ambassador

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Join us for Texas Rare Action Network’s Rare Disease Day event on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Law Firm of Osha Liang LLP in Houston. There will be a panel discussion on “How research incentives and healthcare coverage decisions impact patient health and access to new studies and drugs.” Speakers to be announced. Lunch will be provided. Great opportunity to discover how the new tax cuts will impact the pharmaceutical industry, specifically in Texas including the Houston Medical Center, and Texas rare disease patients. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

EducationalThe National Organization for Rare Disorders invites all advocates to attend and participate in the Rare Action Network Advocacy Workshop at the United Way Community Resource Center from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston, Texas. This is a free meeting that will give attendees the opportunity to connect, learn, and share with other patient organization leaders and advocates. This event is hosted at no cost to participants. CLICK HERE to register.

RAN_Megephone_RGBWould you like to volunteer to assist in hosting a local community awareness event? Do you have an opportunity for Texas’ Rare Action Network to attend your event? Contact your State Ambassador today and learn more. Please check back regularly for news of upcoming events and activities in Texas.

Hurricane Harvey Emergency Relief Resources for Families with Rare Diseases in Texas

Hurricane Harvey has left thousands rid of their belongings and forced out of their homes. For individuals living with a rare disease, the impact of such natural disasters can be even more detrimental. Together, NORD staff worked with our Texas Rare Action Network State Ambassador, Debbie Skolaski to create the Hurricane Harvey Emergency Relief Resources packet, a list of emergency relief resources available for download that may be helpful for rare disease families in the Houston area.

Our hearts go out to those who have been hit by Hurricane Harvey over the last week. Many of our member organizations, Rare Action Network members, and friends to NORD have been impacted by this record breaking storm. We’re extending our warm thoughts to these folks and all who have been devastated by this storm.

Texas needs your help!
Utilize these Rare Action resources to put rare diseases on the map in your state. If you need further assistance  or have additional questions on how to take action in Texas, please contact your State Ambassador, Riley Lee.

State Report Card

In this third edition of NORD’s State Policy Report Card we are seeking to expand our analysis to more issues that affect the rare disease community while also providing a more targeted analysis of policies analyzed in previous editions of the report.

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Scoring for State Policies

A: State policy meets all desired standards. An A grade is considered the model policy that other states should seek to enact.

B: State policy meets most, but not all desired standards

C: State policy on the given issue meets minimum standards

D: State has some policy in place, but it does not meet the standards of higher tiers

F: State has no policy provision for the relevant issue

State Information

David Mattax, Commissioner

Texas Department of Insurance
PO Box 149104
Austin, Texas 78714


In order to get the issues that affect your life addressed, connect with your state representative by using the tool on our website.

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