The following recently introduced Senate bills could affect long term care providers:
SJR 61: Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring the reduction of amounts paid by Texans to provide health care to the uninsured if Medicaid eligibility is expanded in accordance with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; requiring hospital district tax rate reductions.
SB 1045: Relating to an evaluation of the state supported living center system.
SB 1058: Relating to the regulation of the practice of nursing.
SB 1059: 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.
SB 1106: Relating to the use of maximum allowable cost lists under a Medicaid managed care pharmacy benefit plan.
SB 1118: Relating to access to specialist physicians under managed care health benefit plans.
SB 1150: Relating to a provider protection plan that ensures efficiency and reduces administrative burdens on providers participating in a Medicaid managed care model or arrangement.
SB 1175: Relating to the establishment of a reuse program for durable medical equipment provided to recipients under the Medicaid program.
SB 1180: Relating to licensing requirements of newly constructed assisted living facilities.
SB 1193: Relating to the powers and duties of the Texas Medical Board and the regulation of certain persons licensed by the board.
SB 1197: Relating to requirements of exclusive provider and preferred provider benefit plans.
SB 1221: Relating to use of a Medicaid-based fee schedule for reimbursement of services under a contract between a health care provider and certain health benefit plans.
SB 1232: Relating to expanding eligibility for medical assistance to certain persons under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and ensuring the provision of quality care under and the effectiveness of the medical assistance program.
SB 1338: Relating to the delivery system reform incentive payment pool under the Medicaid reform waiver.
SB 1347: Relating to the operation of certain managed care plans with respect to health care providers.
SB 1361: Relating to a bill of rights for persons receiving Medicaid long-term services and supports under state benefits programs.
SB 1431: Relating to pharmacy benefit managers contracting with the child health plan program, the Medicaid managed care program, and health plans for certain government employees.
SB 1435: Relating to providers’ rights to due process under the Medicaid program.
SB 1445: Relating to imposing an uncompensated care fee on certain hospitals to provide state funding for the Medicaid program.
SB 1446: Relating to the payment of individuals employed by recovery audit contractors to identify underpayments and overpayments under the Medicaid program.
SB 1463: Relating to certain contracts for Medicaid managed care.
SB 1477: Relating to flexibility in the administration of the Medicaid program, a block grant funding approach to Medicaid expansion, and the establishment of a health benefit exchange tailored to the needs of the state.
SB 1528: Relating to identification and implementation of hospital funding solutions related to the Medicaid program.
SB 1542: Relating to clinical initiatives to improve the quality of care and cost-effectiveness of the Medicaid program.
SB 1607: Relating to funding for emergency medical air transportation provided to patients enrolled in the state Medicaid program; imposing a surcharge.
SB 1765: Relating to the reporting of health care-associated infections at health care facilities.
SB 1766: Relating to the criteria and requirements for the closure, consolidation, or consolidation plan of state supported living centers.
SB 1808: Relating to the cost effects of expanding eligibility for medical assistance under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
SB 1816: Relating to the expansion of eligibility for medical assistance to certain persons under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and funding