Bill Text: TX HB236 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the provision of information to certain women enrolled in the Texas women's health program.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-07-20 - Referred to Public Health [HB236 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB236-Introduced.html
  85S10891 KKR-D
 
  By: Ortega H.B. No. 236
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the provision of information to certain women enrolled
  in the Texas women's health program.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 531, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 531.0997 to read as follows:
         Sec. 531.0997.  INFORMATION FOR CERTAIN ENROLLEES IN THE
  TEXAS WOMEN'S HEALTH PROGRAM. (a) In this section, "Texas women's
  health program" means a program operated by the commission that is
  substantially similar to the demonstration project operated under
  former Section 32.0248, Human Resources Code, and that is intended
  to expand access to preventive health and family planning services
  for women in this state.
         (b)  This section applies to a woman who is automatically
  enrolled in the Texas women's health program following a pregnancy
  for which the woman received Medicaid, but who is no longer eligible
  to participate in Medicaid.
         (c)  At the time a woman described by Subsection (b) is
  enrolled in the Texas women's health program, the commission shall
  provide to the woman information about:
               (1)  the Texas women's health program, including the
  services provided under the program; and
               (2)  health risks and complications that may occur
  before the first anniversary of the date the woman gave birth or the
  pregnancy ended.
         (d)  The Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force
  established under Chapter 34, Health and Safety Code, or the
  commission, as appropriate, shall develop or approve the
  information provided to a woman under Subsection (c).
         SECTION 2.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, the executive commissioner of the Health and Human
  Services Commission shall adopt any rules necessary to implement
  Section 531.0997, Government Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  Not later than March 31, 2018, the Maternal
  Mortality and Morbidity Task Force or the Health and Human Services
  Commission shall develop or approve the information required by
  Section 531.0997, Government Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 4.  Section 531.0997, Government Code, as added by
  this Act, applies to a woman automatically enrolled in the Texas
  women's health program on or after May 1, 2018.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect December 1, 2017.
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