H.B. No. 2562
  relating to an annual report on the Public Assistance Reporting
  Information System.
         SECTION 1.  Section 531.0998(e), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (e)  Not later than October 1 of each year [, 2012], the
  commission, the Texas Veterans Commission, the Veterans' Land
  Board, and the Department of Aging and Disability Services
  collectively shall submit to the legislature, the governor, and the
  Legislative Budget Board a report describing:
               (1)  interagency progress in identifying [the
  frequency] and obtaining Department of Veterans Affairs benefits
  for veterans receiving Medicaid and other public benefit programs
  [success with which state agencies have used the system];
               (2)  the number of veterans benefits claims awarded,
  the total dollar amount of veterans benefits claims awarded, and
  the costs to the state that were avoided as a result of state
  agencies' use of the system; [and]
               (3)  efforts to expand the use of the system and improve
  the effectiveness of shifting veterans from Medicaid and other
  public benefits to Department of Veterans Affairs benefits,
  including any barriers and how state agencies have addressed those
  barriers; and
               (4)  the extent to which the Texas Veterans Commission
  has targeted specific populations of veterans, including
  populations in rural counties and in specific age and
  service-connected disability categories, in order to maximize
  benefits for veterans and savings to the state [recommendations for
  future use of the system by state agencies].
         SECTION 2.  Section 531.0998(f), Government Code, is
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 2562 was passed by the House on May 2,
  2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 147, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 2562 was passed by the Senate on May
  22, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________