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Texas Legislature: Legislative Budget Board

Meeting Summary. The meeting was called to order by Speaker Straus, and the minutes from the Legislative Budget Board meeting on December 1, 2016, were approved as written. Receive a report…
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House Committee on Appropriations: Monitor the Ongoing Implementation of S.B. 20 (84R), S.B. 533 (85R), and S.B. 255 (85R)

Summary. This is a limited report on the testimony related to the Health and Human Services Commission on the following charge: Monitor the ongoing implementation of S.B. 20 (84R), S.B. 533 (85R), and S.B. 255 (85R). Study the processes by which state agencies award, execute, manage, and monitor state contracts, and make recommendations on whether any changes are necessary to safeguard the best interest of the public and state. Evaluate measures utilized to determine vendor performance, and make recommendations on how to improve vendor selection and performance. When reviewing the Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) managed care contracts, determine if HHSC has adequate data, staff, and processes to provide appropriately rigorous contract oversight, including but not limited to the use of outcome metrics. Consider whether HHSC properly enforces contractual sanctions when managed care organizations (MCOs) are out of compliance, as well as how HHSC uses Medicaid participants' complaints regarding access to care to improve quality.
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House Committee on Appropriations: Article II Subcommittee – Part I

Meeting Summary. The Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II met to hear invited and public testimony on the following:

Interim Charge 11: Monitor Congressional action on federal healthcare reform and CHIP reauthorization. Identify potential impacts of any proposed federal changes. Identify short- and long-term benefits and challenges related to converting Texas Medicaid funding to a block grant or per capita cap methodology. Determine how Texas should best prepare for federal changes, including statutory and regulatory revisions, as well as any new administrative functions that may be needed. Explore opportunities to increase the state's flexibility in administering its Medicaid program, including but not limited to the use of 1115 and 1332 waivers. Specific Issue Related to Interim Charge 18: Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the Committee will also specifically monitor: g. Medicaid cost-containment efforts

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