COMMITTEE: Health & Human Services

TIME & DATE: 9:00 AM, Tuesday, September 13, 2016

PLACE: Senate Chamber
CHAIR: Senator Charles Schwertner


The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will meet to consider the following interim charges:


Monitor the implementation of legislation and riders related to health and human services that were considered by the 84th Legislature, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation, including but not limited to:

          The impact of changes made by the Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services on child safety, workforce retention, prevention, and permanency;

          Initiatives to reduce Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse, and other cost containment strategies, including examining the processes and procedures used by managed care organizations to address Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse; and

          The consolidation and expansion of women's health programs at the Health and Human Services Commission.



Study the impact of the Section 1115 Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Waiver on improving health outcomes, reducing costs, and providing access to health care for the uninsured, and monitor the renewal process of the waiver. Explore other mechanisms and make recommendations to control costs and increase quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program, including the pursuit of a block grant or a Section 1332 Medicaid State Innovation Waiver for the existing Medicaid program.


Individuals wishing to provide public testimony will be allowed to speak for 3 minutes total on any of the above charges.