Bill Text: TX HB4757 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the provision of Medicaid benefits to certain former foster care youth.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-24 - Referred to Human Services [HB4757 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB4757-Introduced.html
  86R12186 MM-D
 
  By: Lopez H.B. No. 4757
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the provision of Medicaid benefits to certain former
  foster care youth.
         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 32.02473 to read as follows:
         Sec. 32.02473.  MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR CERTAIN FORMER FOSTER
  CARE YOUTH. (a) Notwithstanding Sections 32.0247 and 32.02471,
  the commission shall provide medical assistance to a former foster
  care youth regardless of the youth's income, assets, or resources
  if the youth:
               (1)  is younger than 26 years of age; and
               (2)  was in foster care, including in the
  conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective
  Services, and receiving medical assistance at the time the youth,
  because of the youth's age, transitioned out of foster care,
  including a youth who was in foster care in another state or
  territory.
         (b)  The executive commissioner shall adopt rules necessary
  to implement this section.
         SECTION 2.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, the executive commissioner of the Health and Human
  Services Commission shall apply for and actively pursue a waiver
  under Section 1115 of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.
  Section 1315) to the state Medicaid plan from the federal Centers
  for Medicare and Medicaid Services or any other federal agency to
  implement Section 32.02473, Human Resources Code, as added by this
  Act. The commission may delay implementing Section 32.02473, Human
  Resources Code, as added by this Act, until the waiver applied for
  under this section is granted.
         SECTION 3.  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 September 1, 2019.
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