Volume XXX, Number 9
 September 2015

THCA Submits Interim Study Requests

With the 84th Legislative Session adjourning on June 1, the work of members and staff will soon turn to interim studies.

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will soon announce charges for the House and Senate to examine. These are issues which the two leaders believe may require action from the Legislature during the next legislative session and need careful study to determine the best course of action.

Committees will hold hearings on the charges in their subject areas with invited and public testimony. They will issue a report with recommended actions before the next Legislature convenes in January, 2017.

THCA has requested the Legislature study four issues in the coming months:

  • Evaluate the impact of Medicaid Managed Care and Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) demonstration implementation to assess their effect on healthcare outcomes, program savings, provider costs, and care coordination.
  • Assess the economic effect of the Employer Mandate on recruitment, retention, and financial impact to LTSS programs.
  • Explore additional financial strategies to enhance the state’s ability to draw down federal match funds available to LTSS programs
  • Evaluate the current healthcare workforce infrastructure, its preparedness for growth in the aging population and whether current programs designed to improving nursing home staffing levels are having the intended effect.

THCA President/CEO Kevin Warren wrote to House Human Services Committee Chair that “long term care is a dynamic sector of health care…these are the main areas where information is needed in order to help move our efforts forward.”

Straus and Patrick are expected to announce the charges sometime this fall with hearings starting at the beginning of next year.

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 Legislative Update

  • THCA Submits Interim Study Requests


 Commitment to Care

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