Bill Text: TX HB4596 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to ensuring the continued provision of benefits under Medicaid and the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the children of individuals confined in a penal or correctional institution.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-26 - Referred to Human Services [HB4596 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB4596-Introduced.html
  86R13753 KFF-D
 
  By: Collier H.B. No. 4596
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to ensuring the continued provision of benefits under
  Medicaid and the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the
  children of individuals confined in a penal or correctional
  institution.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 32, Human Resources Code,
  is amended by adding Section 32.0267 to read as follows:
         Sec. 32.0267.  BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN OF CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS
  CONFINED IN PENAL OR CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION. (a)  This section
  applies to a child who is a Medicaid recipient.
         (b)  The commission shall ensure that the child of an
  individual who is confined in a penal or correctional institution,
  including a county jail in this state or a federal correctional
  institution, will continue to receive benefits under Medicaid
  without interruption due to the parent's confinement.
         (c)  The executive commissioner shall adopt rules necessary
  to implement this section, including rules designed to ensure that
  at the time for recertifying the child's eligibility for Medicaid
  benefits, a process is implemented to ensure the parent's
  confinement does not impede or delay the child's recertification if
  the child is otherwise eligible for the benefits.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter A, Chapter 33, Human Resources Code,
  is amended by adding Section 33.0181 to read as follows:
         Sec. 33.0181.  BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN OF CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS
  CONFINED IN PENAL OR CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION. (a)  This section
  applies to a child who is receiving benefits under the supplemental
  nutrition assistance program.
         (b)  The commission shall ensure that the child of an
  individual who is confined in a penal or correctional institution,
  including a county jail in this state or a federal correctional
  institution, will continue to receive benefits under the
  supplemental nutrition assistance program without interruption due
  to the parent's confinement.
         (c)  The executive commissioner shall adopt rules necessary
  to implement this section, including rules designed to ensure that
  at the time for recertifying the child's eligibility for benefits
  under the supplemental nutrition assistance program, a process is
  implemented to ensure the parent's confinement does not impede or
  delay the child's recertification if the child is otherwise
  eligible for the benefits.
         SECTION 3.  If before implementing any provision of this Act
  a state agency determines that a waiver or authorization from a
  federal agency is necessary for implementation of that provision,
  the agency affected by the provision shall request the waiver or
  authorization and may delay implementing that provision until the
  waiver or authorization is granted.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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