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Health & Human Services
9:00 AM, Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Senate Chamber
Senator Jane Nelson
The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will take up the
following charges:
Charge #12 - Review the Medicaid HCBS waivers (CBA, STAR Plus, CLASS,
MDCP, DBMT, TxHmL) and develop recommendations to assure that people with
significant disabilities, regardless of disability label or age, receive
needed services to remain in or transition to the community. Review should
look at the delivery system, eligibility, service packages, rate
structures, workforce issues and funding caps. Examine options for the
provision of services for children aging out of the Medicaid system. Make
recommendations for streamlining/combining these waivers, ensuring that
these waivers are cost effective or create cost savings, and developing
policies that contain costs in an effort to increase access to these
services. The review should examine other states' community care waivers
and provide recommendations relating to efforts that have been successful
in other states.
Charge #5 - Study the state’s current and long-range need for physicians,
nurses, dentists and other allied health and long-term care professionals.
Provide recommendations for ensuring sufficient numbers of health care
professionals, focusing on medically underserved and rural areas of the
state as well as the Border region. Consider health care delivered by
Advanced Practice Nurses in terms of access, cost and patient safety and
include an assessment of independent prescriptive authority with those
states in which prescriptive authority is delegated by a physician. Make
recommendations to enhance the efficient use of Advanced Practice Nurses
in Texas.
Public testimony will be limited to 3 minutes.
If submitting written testimony, please provide 20 copies with your name
on each.
** See Committee Coordinator for previous versions of the schedule **