Bill Text: TX HB4003 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Relating to a study by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board concerning a shortage of primary care physicians in this state.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-07 - Referred to Higher Education [HB4003 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB4003-Engrossed.html
  86R14198 MM-D
 
  By: Sheffield, Raymond H.B. No. 4003
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a study by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
  Board concerning a shortage of primary care physicians in this
  state.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 61, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 61.088 to read as follows:
         Sec. 61.088.  STUDY REGARDING PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN
  SHORTAGE. (a) The board shall conduct a study regarding methods to
  mitigate or prevent a shortage in the number of primary care
  physicians practicing in this state. The study: 
               (1)  must include an analysis of whether requiring or
  incentivizing graduate medical education programs to increase the
  number of first-year residency positions leading to a medical
  specialty in family practice or primary care to 50 percent of
  first-year residency positions offered by the program will
  positively impact the number of physicians who practice primary
  care in this state; and
               (2)  may include an analysis of the feasibility of
  providing additional funding for medical residencies for rural and
  community-based hospital family practice and primary care
  positions, including by providing funding for the repayment of
  student loans for physicians under Subchapter J.
         (b)  Not later than December 1, 2020, the board shall submit
  to the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the
  house of representatives a report on the results of the study and
  any recommendations for legislative or other action.
         (c)  This section expires September 1, 2021.
         SECTION 2.  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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