Texas Legislature to Make Children’s Health Priority in Next Legislature – State of Reform

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State leaders are prioritizing the health and well-being of Texas children in the legislature. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released the 2022 Transition Fees this week, which included action items on children’s health and well-being.

Last month Patrick announced the founding of the Special Committee on Child Protection Services according to reports of abuse at a government-sponsored nursing facility.

Meanwhile, in March, House Speaker Dade Phelan (R – Beaumont) directed the Human Services Committee to study child protection issues for foster care reforms. He also formed two interim committees to deal with the physical and mental well-being of children in the state.

The Bipartisan House Select Committee on Health Care Reform will consider and consider issues affecting the health care system in Texas for the next legislative session. In the meantime, the House Select Committee on Youth Health and Safety will focus on improving mental health care for children and adolescents.

The selection committees will review areas for improvement in delivery, with a focus on access to universal health care, reaching out to families with children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but are not enrolled, and access to prenatal care, mental health care and other support for children . The exam includes reviews of free care and other 1115 Waiver Subjects.

Child advocates have urged heads of state Protect eligible children from losing their insurance by ensuring mothers and their children who lose eligibility for Medicaid can transition smoothly to affordable care plans, such as CHIP, Healthy Texas Womenor the ACA Marketplace. In a statement to State of Reform, Texans take care of children said the reprioritization is promising.

“We are pleased to see that Speaker Phelan is planning to make healthcare a priority again. Legislators have the opportunity to ensure more children get their health screenings, more parents find support for their children with disabilities or mental health problems, and more mothers have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies,” said Diana Forester. the organization’s director of health policy.

“In the last session, lawmakers recognized the importance of ensuring that eligible children are not wrongly excluded from their health insurance. To achieve that goal, the Legislature must see what follow-up action is needed on the bill they pass and ensure the state is not leaving eligible children uninsured as it drains millions of Medicaid renewals at the end of the federal public health emergency processed. ”

Texans Care for Children says it will work closely with the Health Care Reform Committee on outreach and enrollment to ensure more eligible children are covered and receive the care they need. It also calls on the state to extend maternal health insurance to 12 months after childbirth from the current six months. Legislature passed HB133 last year, which extended postpartum Medicaid coverage for six months instead of two months after delivery.

Interim House and Senate agendas also include improvements in telemedicine and access for rural communities, the state mental health delivery system, and community mental health services for children.

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