85R12956 SCL-D
  By: Hinojosa H.B. No. 3424
  relating to the creation of a strategic plan for expanding access to
  long-acting reversible contraception.
         SECTION 1.  (a) In this section:
               (1)  "Department" means the Department of State Health
               (2)  "Long-acting reversible contraception" means a
  method of birth control that provides effective contraception for
  an extended period without requiring user action. The term
  includes an injection, intrauterine device, and subdermal
  contraceptive implant.
               (3)  "Plan" means the long-acting reversible
  contraception strategic plan established under this section.
         (b)  The department shall develop the long-acting reversible
  contraception strategic plan to significantly reduce barriers to
  patient access to long-acting reversible contraception.  The plan
  must include specific methods for accomplishing this goal.
         (c)  In developing the plan, the department shall
  collaborate with the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and
  Babies and may convene any necessary workgroup. The members of a
  workgroup convened under this section may include:
               (1)  obstetricians;
               (2)  hospital personnel;
               (3)  recipients of long-acting reversible
               (4)  public advocates concerned with issues related to
  long-acting reversible contraceptives;
               (5)  representatives of community-based and
  faith-based organizations involved in providing education,
  awareness, or support relating to long-acting reversible
  contraceptives; and
               (6)  any other person the department determines has the
  necessary knowledge or experience.
         (d)  In developing the plan, the department shall:
               (1)  identify barriers for Medicaid recipients and
  those without health benefit plan coverage to access to a
  long-acting reversible contraceptive, including specific barriers
  related to:
                     (A)  health care provider billing and
  reimbursement procedures; and
                     (B)  training of health care providers regarding
  the provision of a long-acting reversible contraceptive;
               (2)  review potential costs, challenges, and benefits
  of presumptive eligibility strategies and identify methods for
  covering, defraying, or minimizing those costs;
               (3)  develop methods for creating partnerships with
  public and private entities to increase public and provider
  education and awareness concerning long-acting reversible
  contraceptives; and
               (4)  make written recommendations to the legislature on
  policy changes and funding needed to implement the plan.
         (e)  Not later than December 31, 2018, the department shall
  deliver to the governor and members of the legislature the plan
  developed under this section and recommendations on quality
  improvement and goal implementation related to the plan.
         (f)  This Act expires June 1, 2019.
         SECTION 2.  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, 2017.