P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
On the agenda: Article II - Health & Human Services
Department of Family and Protective Services
Department of State Health Services
Health and Human Services Commission
Key Points for Today’s Hearing:
- Projected FY 16-17 Medicaid costs total nearly 30 percent of the overall state budget.
- In comparison, Medicaid accounted for approximately 20 percent of the state budget in 2000.
- Senator Nelson appointed the Workgroup on Health Care Costs to review ways to contain the state’s escalating health care costs across all state agencies.
- All combined, the FY 16-17 health care costs will total $66 billion across all state agencies, and we are facing a projected 8.5 percent, or $5.6 billion, increase this coming biennium.
- Health and Human Services Funding in SB 1:
- Provides $77.4 billion for health and human services, including $61.2 billion for Medicaid;
- Adds $260 million to address the critical needs of Child Protective Services;
- Provides a $1 billion commitment to improve the state hospital system and address other state facility needs;
- Includes $63 million to eliminate waitlists for community mental health services;
- Provides $284.6 million for women’s health programs – a $31 million increase over FY 16-17 expended levels; and
- Maintains veterans' services and the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance, a $20 million grant program to assist veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues.
Statement from Senator Nelson: "We will meet our responsibility to vulnerable Texans and do what is necessary to protect endangered children. We must ensure that our resources are leading to positive outcomes and look for ways to contain our skyrocketing health care costs. If unaddressed, these costs will continue to divert resources away from other needs."