The Weekly Insight: February 28, 2017

28th Feb 2017

The Week in Review: February 20-24

Health and Human Services

February 28, 2017

The House Appropriations Committee, Article II Subcommittee met all week taking testimony and hearing presentations related to the Health and Human Services Commission, The Department of state Health Services and the Department of Family and Protective Services.

The Legislative Budget Board presented their budget Recommendations for the Health and Human Services Commission stating that House Recommendations for HHSC totaled $75 billion for the biennium. The House addressed caseload projections in their budget while the Senate did not. Also addressed in the House budget were partial restoration of the cuts made to therapy services over the course of the biennium. The restoration was for 50% of the cuts previously made. The Health and Human Services laid out their paired down exceptional item request. Most surprising in the request was not what was present but what they had eliminated from the request. One obvious elimination from the request were the items related to attendant care wages increase. While the initial request contained a very modest additional 50 cents per hour for attendant wages, the altered request did not have a request for an increase at all.

The legislative Budget Board then presented information on the Department of State Health Services and the Department of Family and Protective Services. HB1 funds the Department of State health services at $1.5 billion for the biennium which is a significant reduction due to the transfer of many programs out of DSHS and to other agencies, Including HHSC. HB1 funds the Department of Family and Protective Services at $3.8 billion maintaining the additional enhanced funding received the Department during the current fiscal year.

The Executive Council met in an abbreviated meeting due to many members being engaged in legislative activities at the Capitol. A quorum was not established with only 4 members attending.

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We posted a fantastic new research article exploring Partisanship and Health Care in Texas as well as one on Health Insurance Coverage Data in Texas.

 

The Week Ahead: February 27 – March 3

Health and Human Services Meetings and Hearings

Texas Insight will be covering the following meetings this week:

 

February 28, 2017

Committee on Public Health (Selected Bills)

8:00am—Austin

 

Texas Council on Consumer Direction

10:00 am — Austin

 

March 1, 2017

STAR Kids Advisory Committee Meeting

9:00 am — Austin

 

March 3, 2017

Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee (NFAAC) Meeting

10:30 am — Austin

 

The information contained in this publication is the property of Texas Insight and is considered confidential and may contain proprietary information. It is meant solely for the intended recipient. Access to this published information by anyone else is unauthorized unless Texas Insight grants permission.  If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution or any action taken or omitted in reliance on this is prohibited.  The views expressed in this publication are, unless otherwise stated, those of the author and not those of Texas Insight or its management.