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Austin, Texas 78711
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2013
AUSTIN — The Texas Senate today adopted the conference committee report for SB 7 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R- Flower Mound, which redesigns the Medicaid long-term care system by establishing a plan for ensuring that seniors and individuals with disabilities receive services in a coordinated manner through managed care.
"This legislation will ensure the state is getting the most out of our Medicaid dollars and greatly improve efficiency and quality in our long-term care system," said Senator Nelson.
"SB 7 will reduce overall costs in the system while providing care to almost 12,000 Texans currently receiving no services at all. It will help to ensure we can continue providing quality services to seniors and Texans with disabilities, who are living longer, more productive lives than ever before."
The final version of the bill, which will now go to the Governor for his signature, includes provisions to:
- Provide basic attendant and habilitation services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities currently waiting for services;
- Direct the Health and Human Services Commission to implement a new functional assessment tool that will more accurately assess service needs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
- Ensure that all individuals with disabilities eligible for acute care services receive those services in a coordinated manner through a managed care plan;
- Establish a long-term plan for piloting and delivering services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through managed care;
- Expand STAR+PLUS to the Medicaid Rural Service Area;
- Transition nursing facility services into STAR+PLUS;
- Allow for the development of additional housing supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
- Establish behavioral intervention teams to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities avoid institutionalization; and
- Expand on quality-based payment initiatives, including for managed care organizations and providers of long-term services and supports.