Bill Text: TX HB1879 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to the automatic enrollment of certain women in Medicaid and the Healthy Texas Women program.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-05-06 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB1879 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB1879-Comm_Sub.html
  86R27717 KKR-D
 
  By: Davis of Harris, Zerwas, Hinojosa, H.B. No. 1879
      Thompson of Harris, Miller
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 1879:
 
  By:  Thompson of Harris C.S.H.B. No. 1879
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the automatic enrollment of certain women in Medicaid
  and the Healthy Texas Women program.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 531, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Sections 531.0997 and 531.09971 to read as
  follows:
         Sec. 531.0997.  AUTOMATIC ENROLLMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN IN
  HEALTHY TEXAS WOMEN PROGRAM. (a)  In this section, "Healthy Texas
  Women 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)  Subject to the eligibility requirements of the Healthy
  Texas Women program, the commission shall identify and
  automatically enroll in the program a woman who is a Medicaid
  recipient or enrollee in the child health plan program but who will
  lose eligibility for benefits under the applicable program because
  of the woman's age. The commission shall implement the automatic
  enrollment in a manner that:
               (1)  ensures a seamless transition in the provision of
  services between Medicaid or the child health plan program, as
  applicable, and the Healthy Texas Women program; and
               (2)  allows a woman to begin receiving services through
  the Healthy Texas Women program on the first day the woman is no
  longer eligible for Medicaid or the child health plan program, as
  applicable.
         (c)  The commission shall, at the time a woman is
  automatically enrolled under Subsection (b) in the Healthy Texas
  Women program:
               (1)  provide to the woman written notice that:
                     (A)  she has been automatically enrolled in the
  program but may disenroll; and
                     (B)  instructs the woman on how to disenroll from
  the program; and
               (2)  provide to the woman information about the
  program, including the services provided under the program.
         (d)  The executive commissioner shall adopt rules necessary
  to implement this section.
         Sec. 531.09971.  AUTOMATIC ENROLLMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN IN
  MEDICAID. (a) In this section, "Healthy Texas Women program" has
  the meaning assigned by Section 531.0997.
         (b)  The commission shall identify and automatically enroll
  in Medicaid a woman who:
               (1)  becomes pregnant while receiving services through
  the Healthy Texas Women program; and
               (2)  is eligible for Medicaid.
         (c)  The commission shall implement the automatic enrollment
  in a manner that:
               (1)  ensures a seamless transition in the provision of
  services between the Healthy Texas Women program and Medicaid; and
               (2)  allows a woman to begin receiving services through
  Medicaid on the first day the woman is enrolled in the program.
         (d)  The commission shall, at the time a woman is
  automatically enrolled under Subsection (b) in Medicaid:
               (1)  provide to the woman written notice that:
                     (A)  she has been automatically enrolled in the
  program but may disenroll; and
                     (B)  instructs the woman on how to disenroll from
  the program; and
               (2)  provide to the woman information about the
  program, including the services provided under the program.
         (e)  The executive commissioner shall adopt rules necessary
  to implement this section.
         SECTION 2.  The changes in law made by this Act apply to a
  woman who is a recipient of medical assistance under Chapter 32,
  Human Resources Code, benefits through the child health plan
  program under Chapter 62, Health and Safety Code, or services
  through the Healthy Texas Women program, on or after the effective
  date of this Act, regardless of the date on which eligibility for
  medical assistance, the child health plan program, or the Healthy
  Texas Women program was determined.
         SECTION 3.  If before implementing any provision of this Act
  a state agency determines that a waiver or authorization, including
  a state plan amendment, 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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