Volume XXX, Number 9
 September 2015

September Brings New Laws in Texas

The 84th Session of the Texas Legislature ended in May but many actions taken during that session are just now being felt.

September 1 marked the effective date of nearly 700 new state laws. The Legislature often delays the implementation of bills to September so that those affected can prepare and state agencies can write corresponding rules, if necessary.

Among the changes affecting providers on September 1:

  • Assisted living facilities in good standing are no longer required to admit residents before a license is issued (HB 1769).
  • Nursing homes and assisted living facilities must maintain a copy of any guardianship orders in a resident’s file (HB 1337).
  • The STAR + PLUS Nursing Facility Advisory Committee and the State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee have been abolished as DADS begins to be merged into HHSC (SB 200).

In addition, the $209 billion biennial state budget kicked in on September 1. It will continue until September of 2017 when the budget passed by the next Legislature takes effect.

President’s Report


 Legislative Update

  • September Brings New Laws in Texas


 Commitment to Care

If you have any questions about the THCA C to C Initiative or would like to share your facilities successes please contact me at gbwilliams@txhca.org or call (512) 458-1257.


State News


National News


Announcements & Recognitions

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