Jun 15, 2011

House Passes Medicaid Waiver Bill; Waiting for the Conferees

TMA Legislative News Hotline

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


UNDER THE ROTUNDA
The Texas House gave final approval to House Bill 13 by Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham). The legislation would allow Texas to seek a federal waiver to fund Texas Medicaid. The House will take up the other piece of this proposal today, which is HB 5 by Representative Kolkhorst. The measure would allow the state to participate in a multistate compact to help fund and administer Medicaid and Medicare.

The House has not yet named conferees for the three budget bills whose House amendments were rejected by the Senate. On Monday, the Senate chose not accept the changes made to the bills by the House. All three bills now are headed to conference committee, where five Senate and five House members will decide which amendments stick and which ones don’t. House conferees should be selected today. These are the three bills and Senate conferee members:
  • Senate Bill 1 would generate about $3.7 billion for the next two-year budget. Senate conferees for SB 1 are Sens. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock); Robert Deuell, MD (R-Greenville); Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen); Florence Shapiro (R-Plano); and Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands).
  • SB 2 would amend current law relating to appropriating money for the support of state government for the 2012-13 budget. Money cannot be allocated to certain parts of government without the passage of this bill. Senate conferees are Sens. Steve Ogden (R-Bryan), Duncan, Hinojosa, Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), and Williams.
  • SB 7 is the omnibus health care bill by Senator Nelson. Conferees are Senators Nelson, Deuell, Hinojosa, Shapiro, and John Carona (R-Dallas).
WHAT YOU CAN DO
TMA’s Tele-2011 Legislative Update
In case you missed the Tele-2011 Legislative Update by TMA President C. Bruce Malone, MD, and physician leaders from TMA’s Council on Legislation — Gary Floyd, MD, and Dan McCoy, MD —you still can hear and see what they discussed. An audio recording and video are available on the TMA website.

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