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Texas Senate
Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 86th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

Lois Kolkhorst

Charles Perry

Dawn Buckingham
Donna Campbell
Pete Flores
Nathan Johnson
Borris L. Miles
Beverly Powell
Kel Seliger


Austin Halvorson

(512) 463-0360

Sam Houston Building, 420

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86th Session Interim

86th Regular Session

Interim Charges

  • Health Care Costs: Examine the state health and human services finance system including, but not limited to, the following programs and methods of finance: Local Provider Participation Funds, the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program, Medicaid 1115 waivers and Section 1332 State Innovation waivers, Pay for Quality programs, the Quality Incentive Payment Program, and other state and local funding used to finance health care systems in Texas. Identify ways to streamline functions and reduce unnecessarily burdensome and costly requirements in the Texas Medicaid program. Provide recommendations to ensure the sustainability of the state's health and human services system and judicious use of taxpayer dollars.
  • Heart Health: Analyze the prevalence and cost impact of heart disease to state health care programs. Provide recommendations to increase program collaboration and reduce the long-term costs associated with heart disease, stroke, and related risk factors. Identify and recommend ways to address the impact of heart disease on women's health.
  • Public Health: Examine the emerging public health concerns from the rise in e-cigarette use and "vaping," especially among minors. Determine if additional policies or laws are needed to protect the public's health.
  • Rural Health: Examine and determine ways to improve health care delivery in rural and medically underserved areas of the state. Determine whether additional funding provided during the 86th Legislative Session has helped to ensure more accessible and quality health care in rural areas.
  • Strengthening Families: Examine Department of Family Protective Services procedures and grounds for placing a child into the child welfare system and the termination of parental rights. Make recommendations on ways to protect children who are involved with the child welfare system while preserving families under state law. Identify ways faith-based and other community organizations can assist in preserving or reunifying families involved with the child welfare system.
  • Monitoring: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services passed by the 86th Legislature, as well as relevant agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction. Specifically, make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, or complete implementation of the following:
    • The continued implementation of Senate Bill 11 (85th Legislature) and Community-Based Care by the Department of Family and Protective Services;
    • Behavioral health programs, including implementation of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium (Senate Bill 11), state hospitals, and strategies to address substance abuse and opioid addiction;
    • Child care quality and safety;
    • Medicaid medical transportation program relating to House Bill 1576;
    • Senate Bill 21, including strategies to address tobacco and nicotine use, including e-cigarettes and vaping, by adolescents;
    • Maternal mortality and infant health initiatives, including the women's health programs administered by the Health and Human Services Commission;
    • Initiatives to reduce Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse, as well as other cost containment strategies; and
    • Medicaid managed care oversight and accountability.