The Weekly Insight – July 24

24th Jul 2017

This Week in Review

Last Week from Texas Insight

  • Texas’ Overhaul of Child Welfare: Part IV – HB 7: The first three parts of this series contained a general overview with context as well as preliminary information on the recently signed child welfare legislation, and the major provisions and functions of House Bills four and five. This article will examine House Bill 7, including the changes it will effect in Texas’ child welfare landscape, and the fiscal implications it will have for the state.

  • HHSC: Policy Council for Children and Families: The Policy Council for Children and Families met to adopt recommendations to be included in a letter from the Council to the Executive Commissioner.

  • HHSC: Proposed Medicaid Payment Rates for Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy: The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) conducted a public hearing to receive comment on proposed Medicaid payment rates for the Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy provided by Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities/Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CORF/ORF), Home Health Agencies (HHA), and Independent Therapists. ​

Healthcare Policy News

  • Trump is expected to speak on Healthcare today. His news conference will be held midday – you can watch live here.
  • The Senate Republicans are losing support for their repeal and replace efforts. Even with three iterations of the bill, the two scored by the CBO show unfavorable results, both estimated to cause approximately 15 million to lose insurance by 2018, and 22 million in 2026.

  • With so many versions of the “replace” bill in play, NPR reviews their differences, and the “winners and losers” of them all.

  • The American public has taken notice of the CBO’s low marks – according to a recent CNN/SSRS poll, 35% are in favor of abandoning the repeal and replace efforts, with 34% favoring some form of repeal, only when there is a replacement planned.

  • Even with public disapproval, Senate republicans are planning a bold move to revitalize the repeal/replace efforts. Senate Republican leader are proposing providing $200 billion in assistance to Medicaid-expansion states. Key moderate republicans this assistance is aimed at: Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).