The Uninsured/Medicaid/CHIP Resources


The Uninsured/Medicaid/CHIP 

Investing in primary and preventive care saves state dollars by reduced spending on acute illnesses and emergency room visits, and it results in a healthier population. Cost-effective health care hinges on patients' continuous, ongoing relationship with a primary care physician or "patient-centered medical home."

2009 Legislative Priorities   2009 Legislation   Bill Status  

Increase physician Medicaid payment to rates at least comparable to Medicare.

SB 841 by Senator Averitt would allow families between 200-300 percent federal poverty level to buy-in to CHIP. Companion bills  HB 1329 /Rose,  HB 1699 /Martinez,  HB 4662  /Lucio III.

SB 841 voted out of Senate Finance. Placed on Senate Intent Calendar 5/1.
HBs  1329  and  1699  pending in House Human Services (HHS);  HB 4662  referred to HHS.


Enact 12-months' continuous coverage for children on Medicaid and implementing a CHIP buy-in program to help families above 200 percent
of poverty obtain coverage.


Providing the Health and Human Services Commission Sufficient staffing so applications and renewals for Medicaid and CHIP are processed timely.

SB 1542 by Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) and HB 2938 by Representative Truitt are designed to provide a more significant level of due process for physicians subject to payment holds under the Medicaid program. It provides specific requirements for notice of payment holds and automatic termination periods for payment holds pending informal resolution or hearings. Additionally, it includes provisions to require HHSC to promulgate rules establishing due process for providers subject to prepayment reviews.

SB 1542 voted out of Senate Health and Human Services (4/20). Voted out of Senate (31-0) on 4/30. Referred to House.
HB 2938 voted out of House Public Health.


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