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Healthcare Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact healthcare for people with disabilities in Texas.

Healthcare

Healthcare Bills (Telicon Report 5/17/2017)
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
HB 26Ron SimmonsRelating to the establishment of the Texas Board of Behavior Analyst Examiners and the requirement to obtain a license to practice as a behavior analyst or assistant behavior analyst; imposing fees; providing an administrative penalty; providing a civil penalty; creating a criminal offense.
no datano dataRemarks: Would create licensure board under the Texas Medical Board for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts with requirements for certification under a national certifying body.
no datano dataLast Action: 02-16-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 274Larry GonzalesRelating to information regarding spina bifida.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require health care providers to provide current evidence- based information on spina bifida to an expectant mother who has a test that indicates probability of a child with spina bifida. Prohibits information about termination.
no datano dataLast Action: 02-13-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 490Rodney AndersonRelating to health benefit plan coverage of hearing aids and cochlear implants for certain individuals.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require health benefit plans to provide coverage for the cost of a medically necessary hearing aid or cochlear implant and related services and supplies for a covered adult. Limited to one hearing aid in each ear every three years and one cochlear implant in each ear.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-16-17 S Voted favorably from committee on Senate Business and Commerce
HB 831Doc AndersonRelating to coverage for treatment of craniofacial abnormalities under certain health benefit plans.
no datano dataRemarks: Would provide coverage for treatment of primary and secondary conditions related to craniofacial abnormalities, including reconstructive surgery, prosthetics, dentistry, speech, audiology, otolaryngology, and other services.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-11-17 H Set on the House Calendar
HB 1008Roberto AlonzoRelating to a study on early detection and early intervention in cases of children with autism spectrum disorders.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require HHSC to prepare an autism study on early detection and intervention from birth, educational and developmental benefits of early intervention and therapy, and potential legislation to promote early diagnosis and intervention. Report due December 2018.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-07-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 2200Gina HinojosaRelating to the medical use of marihuana; providing a defense to prosecution for possession of marihuana.
no datano dataRemarks: Would establish affirmative defense that possession of cannabis was for medical uses and prohibit prosecution of physician for providing information on medical cannabis.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-24-17 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence
HB 2695James WhiteRelating to information regarding fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require a health care provider to provide evidence-based information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) to expectant parents, or a parent of a child who is diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Provider would not be held civilly or criminally liable for failing to provide the information.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-23-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 2905Sergio MunozRelating to reimbursement rates for certain therapy services under Medicaid and accountability to Medicaid recipients.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require reimbursement rates for occupational, physical, and speech therapy services to be at least equal to what they were on August 31, 2015.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-22-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Human Services
HB 2980Stephanie KlickRelating to providing or administering low-THC cannabis to a child for whom the low-THC cannabis was prescribed.
no datano dataRemarks: Would specify that it is not child neglect or abuse for a parent or another caregiver to provide or administer low-THC cannabis to a child, if the child has a prescription.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-22-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 3292Stephanie KlickRelating to the temporary continuation of medical assistance for certain individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require HHSC to continue Medicaid eligibility to an individual with a developmental disability after the expiration of their eligibility period if: 1) they receive Medicaid waiver services; 2) they receive services through STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care program; or 3) they reside in an ICF facility. This medical assistance would continue until either the end of a 90-day period, or the individual’s medical assistance eligibility is restored if earlier.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-17-17 S Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., Senate Chamber - Senate Health and Human Services
HB 3457Yvonne DavisRelating to the establishment of a pilot program to provide services to certain persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia enrolled in the Medicaid managed care program.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require HHSC to establish an evidence-based, person centered pilot program to prevent institutionalization of persons with Alzheimer's and related dementia who receive Medicaid managed care and services in a day activity and health services (DAHS) facility.
no datano dataLast Action: 05­-02-­17 H Not heard in committee House Public Health
HB 3520Sarah DavisRelating to state fiscal matters related to health and human services and state agencies administering health and human services programs.
no datano dataRemarks: Would authorize certain assumptions in the General Appropriations Act. Would allow HHSC to consolidate reports, subcontract its functions, modify eligibility criteria to ensure the persons of greatest need receive benefits, and charge fees. Would require HHSC to evaluate and eliminate duplicative care coordination benefits provided by MCOs, a medical home, a disease management program, and targeted case management. Would allow HHSC to modify the MCO capitation rate for the provision of consolidated care coordination. Would require HHSC to establish caseload standards for care coordinators specific to STAR+PLUS HCBS. Would create a grant program to reduce arrest and incarceration among persons with mental illness.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-31-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Appropriations
HB 3634Greg BonnenRelating to the amendment of the Texas Health Care Transformation and Quality Improvement Program waiver.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require to HHSC to amend the Transformation waiver to rollback eligibility criteria, income limits, and asset test requirements to the Dec. 31, 2013 levels, before the Affordable Care Act. Would require HHSC to try to amend the Transformation waiver to require: 1) Medicaid and CHIP recipients with access to qualifying employer insurance to participate in the health insurance premium payment (HIPP) reimbursement program; 2) a program to allow employers to pay all or part of the HIPP premium; 3) Medicaid recipients to pay CHIP level copayments; 4) monetary penalties for missed appointments; 5) adult recipients to sign personal responsibility agreements; 6) broad authority to try Medicaid payment and service delivery models; and 7) a Medicaid block grant funding system based on population and cost growth trends.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-18-17 H Committee action pending House Public Health
HB 3930Rick MillerRelating to health benefit plan coverage for early childhood intervention services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would maximize non-state sources of revenue for the ECI program by requiring most private insurance companies to cover certain ECI services, including speech therapy and specialized skills training, when authorized in a child’s Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP).
no datano data05­-02-­17 H Committee action pending House Insurance
HB 3967Amando WalleRelating to the establishment of a task force to study the financing options for early childhood intervention services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would establish a task force to study private group health benefit plan coverage for early childhood intervention services. Report due Dec. 1, 2018.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-03-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Human Services
HB 4076Dawnna DukesRelating to fetal alcohol syndrome information provided to pregnant patients.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require the availability of FASD information on the DSHS website and would require providers to make the information available to pregnant women.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-03-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 4186Richard RaymondRelating to the administration of human services block grant programs.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require that no person who has previously received Medicaid that is combined into a block grant will be declared ineligible for assistance solely because of the program change.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-31-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Human Services
HB 4214Garnet ColemanRelating to Medicaid funding in this state, including the federal government's participation in that funding.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require future block grants to preserve the best interests of Texans. Funding modifications would be required to address anticipated growth and health trends. Would prohibit design in a manner allowing reductions in federal funding based on the state's effective management of Medicaid cost growth. Would prohibit more restrictive eligibility requirements and require similar coverage.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-04-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Appropriations
HCR 58Jose LozanoUrging Congress to provide Texas with Medicaid block grants.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require the Texas Legislature to call on the U.S. Congress to provide Texas with a Medicaid block grant and allow Texas to create its own health care program for the poor.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-30-17 H Committee action pending Select on State/Federal Power Responsibility
SB 52Judith ZaffiriniRelating to the reimbursement of providers for the provision of certain home telemonitoring services under Medicaid.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require home telemonitoring to be made available to children with complex needs who are being treated by at least three specialists, are diagnosed with end-stage solid organ disease, are an organ transplant recipient, or who have severe asthma.
no datano dataLast Action: 01-24-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 269Jose MenendezRelating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing fees.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow possession of "reasonable amounts" of cannabis for patients authorized for medical use and listed on a compassionate-use registry. Would protect medical use cardholders, nonresident cardholders, dispensing organizations, cannabis testing facilities, and related employees from civil penalty or disciplinary action from a licensing board, from denial of parental rights, from asset seizure, and from prosecution for providing paraphernalia. Would also amend the Texas Compassionate-Use Act to allow for the creation of rules and procedures to regulate medical cannabis in the state.
no datano dataLast Action: 01-30-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 354Kirk WatsonRelating to language acquisition for children less than eight years of age who are deaf or hard of hearing.
no datano dataRemarks: Would define "Deaf or hard of hearing" and create an advisory committee on language acquisition.
no datano dataLast Action: 05­-02-­17 S Committee action pending Senate Education
SB 545Eddie LucioRelating to information regarding autism spectrum disorders.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require HHSC/DSHS to make available current evidence-based information in English and Spanish about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), available treatment options, and national and local contact information for ASD organizations, including those in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, as well as hotlines and other resources. Would require health care providers to make this and other medically valid information available.
no datano dataLast Action: 02-08-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 589Eddie LucioRelating to the establishment of the Texas Board of Behavior Analyst Examiners and the requirement to obtain a license to practice as a behavior analyst or assistant.
no datano dataRemarks: Would establish licensure for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts under the new Texas Board of Behavior Analyst Examiners, under the jurisdiction of the Texas Medical Board. Would adopt the standards of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board or other nationally certified entity and add state-specific provisions related to administrative and civil penalties.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-15-17 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Public Health
SB 883Charles PerryRelating to the disclosure of life-sustaining treatment policies and to life-sustaining treatment for a patient under 18 years of age.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require, on request, a health care facility to disclose in writing any policy relating to life-sustaining treatment. Would require a health care facility to obtain written permission from one of the patient’s parents or legal guardian to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment if the patient is under the age of 18. Would require health care facilities to provide and continue life-sustaining treatment to a minor patient with limited exceptions, including one that would allow the facility to withhold or withdraw treatment if the parent or guardian cannot be located with reasonable diligent effort after 72 hours. The request of a competent minor patient for treatment would override other efforts to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment.
no datano dataLast Action: 02-28-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 1080Konni BurtonRelating to required disclosures for prenatal genetic screening; imposing a civil penalty.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require a laboratory that performs prenatal screening to disclose information regarding the accuracy and reliability of its results.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-07-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 1174Chuy HinojosaRelating to the provision of prosthetic devices for certain recipients under Medicaid.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require Medicaid coverage of a prosthetic device to a recipient who is in need of the device as a result of a congenital absence, a surgical revision, or a traumatic amputation of an extremity, hip, or shoulder, regardless of age.
no datano dataLast Action: 05­-03-­17 S Committee action pending Senate Health and Human Services
SB 1213Bryan HughesRelating to advance directives or health care or treatment decisions made by or on behalf of patients.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require a physician to provide life-sustaining treatment to a patient, even if the physician refuses to comply with a directive or treatment decision to do so. Would require that this continue until the patient is transferred to another physician or health care facility willing to comply with the directive or treatment decision. Would exempt a physician’s refusal to provide artificial nutrition and hydration to the patient from review by an ethics or medical committee. Also known as “treatment pending transfer.”
no datano dataLast Action: 03-09-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1376Dawn BuckinghamRelating to a joint interim study regarding the state's response to modifications to federal health care laws.
no datano dataRemarks: Would establish a joint interim committee to study the state’s ability to respond, adapt to, and implement significant changes to federal health care laws, regulations, and requirements. Would require a report by December 1, 2018.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-11-17 H Referred to House Committee on House Appropriations
SB 1414Charles SchwertnerRelating to a recipient's disenrollment from a Medicaid managed care plan.
no datano dataRemarks: Would lock a person into a managed care plan 90 days after enrollment. Would allow people to change plans for cause, when people move to a new service delivery area, and once every 12 months.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-16-17 H Committee action pending House Public Health
SB 1554Lois KolkhorstRelating to establishing a Medicaid Block Grant Waiver Legislative Oversight Committee.
no datano dataRemarks: Would establish a Medicaid Block Grant Waiver Legislative Oversight Committee to design, research, and develop a Medicaid block grant waiver, if the option becomes available. Would define a Medicaid block grant funding system as a set total amount of federal funds regardless of the number of people enrolled.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-15-17 H Voted favorably from committee on House Appropriations
SB 1573Lois KolkhorstRelating to a study to identify and address inefficiencies in state health care regulations.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require HHSC to conduct a study to identify redundant, inefficient, or obsolete health care regulations and make recommendations to the legislature for revising or eliminating the regulations to improve the delivery of health care. Would require public hearings and coordination with DSHS and TDLR for evaluation of recommendations. Report due Sept. 1, 2018.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-21-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SCR 24Charles PerryUrging the United States Congress to continue joint federal-state funding of Texas Medicaid while transferring administration of the program to the Texas Legislature.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require the Texas Legislature to urge the U.S. Congress to continue jointly funding the Texas Medicaid program, while at the same time transferring the administration, control, and oversight of all aspects and components of Texas Medicaid from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington, D.C., to the Texas Legislature.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-11-17 H Reported favorably from committee on Select on State/Federal Power Responsibility
SJR 18Jose RodriguezProposing a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis for medical use.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require a ballot measure for the voters to decide whether to direct the legislature to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis for medical use.
no datano dataLast Action: 01-30-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services

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