The following recently introduced House and Senate bills could affect long term care providers:
HCR 60: Urging the United States Congress to modify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to allow cost-sharing payments and premium tax credits to be made available to the Texas political subdivision health care benefit pools on the same basis as those for health plans participating in the new federal exchange.
HCR 64: Requesting the comptroller to conduct a study to determine the costs to the state of instituting the Affordable Care Act and a projection of the number of Texas residents who would lose health insurance coverage as a result of the ACA.
HJR 91: Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring the state to expand eligibility for the Medicaid program to certain persons.
HB 1536: Relating to a Medicaid provider’s right to an administrative hearing on an action taken by the office of inspector general for the Health and Human Services Commission to recover overpayments under the Medicaid program.
HB 1605: Relating to the establishment of a pilot program in Harris County to provide maternity care management to certain women enrolled in the Medicaid managed care program.
HB 1647: Relating to establishing statewide comprehensive standards for provider credentialing and prior authorization processing under the Medicaid program.
HB 1648: Relating to the confidentiality of certain information held by the Department of Protective and Family Services.
HB 1656: Relating to funding for emergency medical air transportation provided to patients enrolled in the state Medicaid program; imposing a surcharge.
HB 1739: Relating to the administration of psychoactive medications to persons receiving services in certain facilities.
HB 1740: Relating to the electronic monitoring of residents at state supported living centers; providing criminal penalties.
HB 1760: Relating to the provision of services to certain individuals with developmental disabilities by a state supported living center.
HB 1761: Relating to the consideration of strategies by the Health and Human Services Commission to ensure the appropriate use of diagnostic ancillary services in the Medicaid program.
HB 1806: Relating to coverage of telemedicine medical services under health benefit plans.
HB 1828: Relating to hazardous duty pay for certain employees working at state supported living centers and state hospitals.
HB 1829: Relating to safe patient handling and movement practices at hospitals and nursing homes.
HB 1918: Relating to a defense to prosecution of the offense of Medicaid fraud.
HB 1924: Relating to the implementation of certain technology in the Health and Human Services Commission’s claims processing procedures to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicaid and child health plan programs.
HB 1947: Relating to the criteria for commitment of a person with mental illness.
HB 1948: Relating to voluntary and involuntary mental health services.
HB 1971: Relating to a pilot program conducted by the Department of Aging and Disability Services to authorize certain accreditation surveys of assisted living facilities.
HB 2020: Relating to the adoption of wellness policies and programs by state agencies
HB 2070: Relating to the period of continuous eligibility for the medical assistance program for certain persons.
HB 2087: Relating to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.
HB 2124: Relating to a medical power of attorney.
HB 2129: Relating to information about private health care insurance coverage and the health insurance exchange for individuals applying for certain Department of State Health Services programs and services.
HB 2158: Relating to the effect of a finding of liability for fraudulent activity and notification requirements for proposed settlements under the Medicaid program.
HB 2178: Relating to covered benefits for certain persons under the child health plan.
SB 651: Relating to a medical power of attorney.
SB 675: Relating to certain advance directives and health care and treatment decisions.
SB 682: Relating to reimbursement for services provided by advanced practice nurses and physician assistants under the Medicaid program.
SB 729: Relating to the creation of the State Supported Living Center Realignment Commission.
SB 746: Relating to unlawful acts against and criminal offenses involving the Medicaid program.
SB 747: Relating to the term for the independent ombudsman for state supported living centers.
SB 785: Relating to a Medicaid provider’s right to an administrative hearing on an action taken by the office of inspector general for the Health and Human Services Commission to recover overpayments under the Medicaid program.
SB 810: Relating to a defense to prosecution of the offense of Medicaid fraud.
SB 872: Relating to county expenditures for certain health care services
SB 880: Relating to the expansion of eligibility for medical assistance to certain persons under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
SB 945: Relating to the identification requirements of certain health care providers associated with a hospital.
SB 978: Relating to regulation by the Texas Medical Board of local anesthesia and peripheral nerve blocks administered in an outpatient setting.
SB 994: Relating to a pilot program conducted by the Department of Aging and Disability Services to authorize certain accreditation surveys of assisted living facilities.