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Bills Passed Affecting Older Adults 83rd Texas State Legislative Session

To view the entire text of an individual bill, go to Texas Legislature Online, www.capitol.state.tx.us, or call the office of your state representative or state senator.

HOUSE BILLS

HB 7 (Darby) – Relating to the amounts, availability, and use of certain statutorily dedicated revenue and accounts; reducing Lite Up Texas fee on electric bills and spending all the money dedicated to Lite Up Texas by 2017.

HB 33 (Menendez) – Relating to alternative methods of dispute resolution in certain disputes between the Department of Aging and Disability Services and an assisted living facility licensed by the department.

HB 52 (Flynn) – Relating to the sale of a cemetery plot, providing registered cemetery brokers, providing penalties.

HB 220 (Price) – Relating to consecutive sentences for certain offenses involving injury to a child, elderly individual, or a disabled individual and arising out of the same criminal episode.

HB 424 (Burkett) – Relating to notifying residents in assisted living and group home facilities of the sex offender status of a person who becomes a resident.

HB 595 (Kolkhorst) – Relating to the repeal of certain health programs and councils, to the review of certain health programs, panels, councils, systems, foundations, centers, committees, and divisions under the Texas Sunset Act which include arthritis, Alzheimer’s, etc. and to the transfer of certain functions to the Department of State Health Services; providing penalties.

HB 658 (Sheets) – Relating to interest on damages subject to Medicare subrogation.

HB 729 (Price) – Relating to access to criminal history record information by certain hospitals and other facilities for applicants, students, volunteers, etc.

HB 1514 (Howard) – Veterans of World War II would not have to pay at a parking meter.

HB 1545 (Allen) – If a disabled person is certified to use paratransit in one system, they are able to use any other system in the State.

HB 2080 (Thompson, Senfronia) – Relating to guardianships, including the assessment and payment of attorney’s fees and other court costs in guardianships, and to court-created management trusts for persons who have physical disabilities or who are incapacitated.

HB 2683 (Price) − Adds employees who work under consumer directed services option to the definition of those who may be reported to the nurse aid employee misconduct registry.

HB 2918 (Thompson, Senfronia) – Changes to durable powers of attorney.

HB 3196 (Price) – Relating to licensing, certification, and arbitration requirements for certain health facilities and to the allocation of Medicaid beds in those facilities; increasing fees.

HB 3357 (Callegari) – Relating to the administration of and benefits payable by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

HB 3729 (Coleman) – Provisional six month license before inspection requirements for newly constructed assisted living facilities.

SENATE BILLS

SB 1 (Williams) – General Appropriations Bill.

SB 7 (Nelson) – Would redesign long-term and acute care services for the disabled and elderly — the most costly services in Medicaid — by instituting quality-based payment systems and expanding Medicaid managed care to cover services provided in nursing facilities.

SB 8 (Nelson) – Would ensure that providers found guilty of Medicaid fraud in Texas or other states would be barred from participating in the state’s program, strengthen prohibitions against marketing to Medicaid patients, add medical transportation services to managed care and enable the Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of Inspector General to establish a new data system to catch Medicaid fraud earlier.

SB 45 (Zaffirini) – Relating to the provision of employment assistance and supported employment to certain Medicaid waiver program participants.

SB 58 (Nelson) – Relating to integrating behavioral health and physical health services provided under the Medicaid program using managed care organizations.

SB 109 (West) – Adding veterans, farm workers, youth who are aging out of foster care, and elderly individuals to certain housing information collected and reported by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Services.

SB 152 (Nelson) – Relating to the protection and care of persons who are elderly or disabled or who are children by having training and reporting of infractions in state hospitals.

SB 348 (Schwertner) – Relating to a utilization review process for managed care organizations participating in the STAR + PLUS Medicaid managed care program.

SB 502 (West) – When placing children with certain relatives or other designated caregivers, forms should be filled out with information about the child.

SB 746 (Nelson) – Relating to unlawful acts against and criminal offenses involving the Medicaid program.

SB 1057 (Nelson) – Relating to information about private health care insurance coverage and the health insurance exchange for individuals applying for certain Department of State Health Services programs and services.

SB 1058 (Nelson) – A nurse whose practice includes older adult or geriatric populations shall complete at least two hours and not more than six hours of continuing education relating to older adult or geriatric populations or maintain certification in an area of practice relating to older adult or geriatric populations.

SB 1106 (Schwertner) – Relating to the use of maximum allowable cost lists under a Medicaid managed care pharmacy benefit plan.

SB 1150 (Hinojosa) – Relating to a provider protection plan that ensures efficiency and reduces administrative burdens on providers participating in a Medicaid managed care model or arrangement.

SB 1175 (Deuell) – Relating to the establishment of a reuse program for durable medical equipment provided to recipients under the Medicaid program.

SB 1542 (Van de Putte) – Relating to clinical initiatives to improve the quality of care and cost-effectiveness of the Medicaid program.

SB 1413 (Deuell) – Relating to the administration of retirement systems for paid, partly paid, or volunteer firefighters.

SB 1458 (Duncan) – Relating to the administration of and benefits payable by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas to relatives of the retiree.

SB 1795 (Watson) – Relating to the regulation of navigators for health benefit exchanges.

SB 1812 (Duncan) – Relating to the determination of state contributions for participation by certain junior college employees in the state employees group benefits program, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, and the Optional Retirement Program.