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Healthcare Bill Tracking

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

Healthcare

Healthcare Bills (Telicon Report 1/25/2017)
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, HISTORY
HB123James WhiteRelating to performance incentive funding for certain medical schools based on public health impact.
no datano dataRemarks: Would establish medical school incentive funding with distribution based on improved health care delivery in the region where the medical school is located. Would require an advisory committee with representation from a variety of stakeholders. Does not include stakeholders with disabilities.
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/2016 H Filed
HB 274Larry GonzalezRelating to information regarding spina bifida.
no datano dataRemarks: Adds spina bifida to provisions in SB 3374 (84R) relating to information regarding Down syndrome. Requires 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 dataHistory: 11/14/2016 H Filed
HB 335Nicole CollierRelating to administrative and judicial review of certain Medicaid reimbursement disputes.
no datano dataRemarks: Would give providers the right to a contested hearing to dispute reimbursement rates paid by a managed care organization (MCO) where the MCO is treated as a state agency.
no datano dataHistory: 11/15/2016 H Filed
HB 336Nicole CollierRelating to the duties and powers of the office of public insurance counsel concerning the adequacy of networks offered in this state by managed care plans.
no datano data Remarks: Would give the Office of Public Insurance Counsel the authority to issue managed care organization comparisons and report cards, file complaints and advocate on behalf of beneficiaries before the Texas Department of Insurance regarding network adequacy and directory maintenance issues.
no datano dataHistory: 11/15/2016 H Filed
HB 337Nicole CollierRelating to the continuation of certain public benefits, including medical assistance benefits, for individuals after release from confinement in a county jail.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow a sheriff or county upon release of an individual from jail to notify Health and Human Services Commission in order to reinstate Medicaid.
no datano dataHistory: 11/15/2016 H Filed
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 dataHistory: 12/5/2016 H Filed
HB 752Morgan MeyerRelating to the regulation of certain health organizations certified by the Texas Medical Board.
no datano dataRemarks: Would penalize health plans whose medical director interferes or directs a a physician's professional judgment.
no datano dataHistory: 12/27/2016 H Filed
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 dataHistory: 1/5/2017 H Filed
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, diagnosed with end-stage solid organ disease, an organ transplant recipient, and who have severe asthma.
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/2016 S Filed
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.
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 marijuana in the state.
no datano dataHistory: 12/16/2016 S Filed

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