The 86th Texas Legislature Regular Session kicked off on January 8, and we’ve been watching and listening to see how healthcare and medical research will be impacted. An editorial from The Dallas Morning News is reporting an “early win” for UT Southwestern Medical Center and its research, which we are thrilled to hear. See below for an excerpt from the editorial shared on January 17, 2019, and click here to read the full article.

“Most items in state budgets are easy to overlook or underestimate in the eye-glazing avalanche of numbers. But a few obscure lines in budget bills this session are potentially a game-changer for UT Southwestern Medical Center and North Texas because they provide a predictable funding formula for state support of the institution’s research.

For years, UT Southwestern had sought to no avail a stable way for the state to help fund its research. In fact, it took a herculean effort last session from UT Southwestern officials and the North Texas legislative delegation to prevent Senate lawmakers from chopping $105 million over two years, more than 35 percent of Southwestern’s  state support.

You would think that an organization that has six Nobel Prize winners and is a centerpiece of health care treatment and research in the world wouldn’t have to go hat in hand to the Texas Legislature every two years with fingers crossed. But budgeting quirks labeled their major research funding requests as discretionary, special items, opening those to budget cuts in a financial pinch. That is no way to treat something so important not only to human health but to our state’s role as a leader in medicine and science.

This is major progress for UT Southwestern, not an arcane change that only people in green eyeshades could get excited about. Effective research — and financing for it — can’t be turned off and on like a faucet without consequences. Research requires time, money and talented people who believe that they will have the funding needed to take a theory to a revolutionary breakthrough.”

Source: The Dallas Morning News