PUBLIC BENEFITS: HEALTH CARE ACCESS


The center focuses on health care access, immigrants' access to services, food and nutrition, the state's eligibility and enrollment system, and TANF.

Recent Health Care Access Publications

Comments Due on Proposed DHS Rules Implementing SB 43 (12/13/2001)
IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Comments Due on Proposed DHS Rules Implementing SB 43 (Children's Medicaid Simplification).

Sen. Baucus' Bill Would Give Texas $448 Million More in Federal Medicaid Funds in 2002 (11/13/2001)
On Thursday November 8, the Senate Finance Committee voted out Sen. Baucus' "Economic Recovery and Assistance for American Workers Act of 2001." This should go to the Senate floor this week. The bill has a number of important provisions that can help states maintain health insurance coverage during the recession.

The Straight Story: Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants in Texas (08/14/2001)
This Policy Page describes the collision between federal, state, and local law and policy which has resulted in the recent legal questions over inclusion by Texas county hospital districts of undocumented, uninsured residents in their health care programs.

Medicaid and CHIP Funding in Final Appropriations Act (07/16/2001)
This Policy Page summarizes some of the major funding in the final state budget bill, reporting on state funding for Medicaid programs that is above the levels included in the original filed version of SB 1 (the "base budget" as drafted by the Legislative Budget Board according to the instructions of the Legislature's leadership). For a thumbnail background sketch on Texas Medicaid, see Policy Page 126.

Omnibus Medicaid Bill, SB 1156, Sent to Governor (06/4/2001)
On Sunday, May 27th the Senate concurred in House amendments to SB 43, the Children's Medicaid Simplification bill. Later that afternoon, both houses adopted the Conference Committee report on SB 1156, an omnibus bill encompassing a wide range of Medicaid policy changes. This Policy Page provides a brief description of the final version of SB 1156; a separate issue detailing SB 43 was released earlier.

Children's Medicaid Eligibility Simplification Bill, SB 43, (05/31/2001)
On Sunday, May 27th the Senate concurred with House amendments to SB 43, the Children's Medicaid Simplification bill. Later that afternoon, both houses adopted the Conference Committee report on SB 1156, an omnibus bill encompassing a wide range of Medicaid policy changes. This Policy Page provides a brief description of the final version of SB 43; a separate issue detailing SB 1156 will follow shortly.

House Amends Medicaid Simplification Bill (05/4/2001)
On Wednesday May 2, The House Committee on Public Health held a public hearing on SB 43 by Zaffirini, and adopted a committee substitute for the version approved by the full Senate (see Policy Page #125 for background on the Senate Bill). This Policy Page describes the bill that will be voted on by the full House, and provides an update on the process.

Medicaid Funding in the House and Senate Budget Bills (04/20/2001)
The Texas Senate voted out an appropriations bill (SB 1) on March 28, 2001, and the House of Representatives voted out their version on April 11. While a number of important questions about Medicaid funding were left unresolved by both houses, each house did recommend some additional state funding for Medicaid, above the levels included in the original filed version of SB 1.

Status Report on Chidren's Medicaid Simplification (04/9/2001)
As many readers know, the Texas Legislature is considering a number of bills designed to simplify and streamline the process of applying for (or re-certifying for) Medicaid coverage for children (under age 19). Put simply, the goal of the bills is to make the process for children's Medicaid identical to that for CHIP, so that parents could submit CHIP's TexCare Partnership application to enroll their children in either program, with no additional steps needed.

Food Stamp Access Will Impact Medicaid Simplification (03/22/2001)
This Policy Page describes the Food Stamp bills, how they complement the Medicaid simplification bills, and what you can do to support Food Stamp simplification.

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