Volume XXX, Number 11
Lieutenant Governor releases interim Health and Human Services charges
Texas’ Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has given Senate committees their work assignments and long term care is among the issues he wants them to examine.
Known as interim studies, these are the issues various Senate committees are charged to investigate before the next legislative session begins in January, 2017. They will issue a report with their findings and recommendations.
These studies have long been used by the Legislature to learn about issues which they believe need more time to examine than is possible during the legislative session. They will hold hearings and take public testimony on the issues, likely beginning early in 2016.
Recommendations coming from these studies are usually included in legislation. They are often thought to have a better chance to pass because of the committee’s backing than if they had been introduced without a study.
The charge to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services affecting long term reads as follows:
Part I: Study and make recommendations on innovative methods and best practices to promote healthy aging for the state’s population and reduce chronic medical and behavioral health conditions.
Identify opportunities for improved collaboration to promote healthy aging in the health and human services system at the state, regional and local levels.
Part II: Examine and recommend ways to improve quality and oversight in long-term care settings, including nursing homes and ICF/HCS programs.
Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services during the 84th Regular Session related to the revocation of nursing home licenses for repeated serious violations.
A date for hearing these charges has not yet been set.
THCA has already been in contact with the staff of the Lieutenant Governor and the committee regarding these issues and how they might help advance the needs of long term care providers and residents. We will work with members and staff throughout this process.
House Speaker Joe Straus will also assign interim studies for committees in his chamber. Those are expected to be released within the next few weeks.
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