Bill Text: TX SB325 | 2011-2012 | 82nd Legislature | Introduced

Bill Title: Relating to the automatic enrollment of certain women in the demonstration project for women's health care services.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2011-02-09 - Co-author authorized [SB325 Detail]

Download: Texas-2011-SB325-Introduced.html
  82R1270 SJM-D
  By: Van de Putte S.B. No. 325
  relating to the automatic enrollment of certain women in the
  demonstration project for women's health care services.
         SECTION 1.  Section 32.0248, Human Resources Code, is
  amended by amending Subsections (a), (g), and (i) and adding
  Subsections (b-1) and (b-2) to read as follows:
         (a)  The department shall operate [establish] a [five-year]
  demonstration project through the medical assistance program to
  expand access to preventive health and family planning services for
  women.  A woman eligible [under Subsection (b)] to participate in
  the demonstration project may receive appropriate preventive
  health and family planning services, including:
               (1)  medical history recording and evaluation;
               (2)  physical examinations;
               (3)  health screenings, including screening for:
                     (A)  diabetes;
                     (B)  cervical cancer;
                     (C)  breast cancer;
                     (D)  sexually transmitted diseases;
                     (E)  hypertension;
                     (F)  cholesterol; and
                     (G)  tuberculosis;
               (4)  counseling and education on contraceptive methods
  emphasizing the health benefits of abstinence from sexual activity
  to recipients who are not married, except for counseling and
  education regarding emergency contraception;
               (5)  provision of contraceptives, except for the
  provision of emergency contraception;
               (6)  risk assessment; and
               (7)  referral of medical problems to appropriate
  providers that are entities or organizations that do not perform or
  promote elective abortions or contract or affiliate with entities
  that perform or promote elective abortions.
         (b-1)  On the 61st day after the date a woman who received
  benefits through the medical assistance program during her
  pregnancy gives birth, the department shall automatically enroll
  the woman in the demonstration project for a period of 10 months if
  she is otherwise eligible to participate in the project.
         (b-2)  The department shall modify any applicable
  administrative procedures to ensure that a woman described by
  Subsection (b-1) maintains continuous eligibility for any services
  provided by both the medical assistance program and the
  demonstration project during the transition from participation in
  the medical assistance program to participation in the
  demonstration project.
         (g)  Not later than December 1 of each even-numbered year,
  the department shall submit a report to the legislature regarding
  the department's operation of [progress in establishing and
  operating] the demonstration project.
         (i)  This section expires September 1, 2021 [2011].
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a person who receives medical assistance under Chapter 32, Human
  Resources Code, on or after the effective date of this Act,
  regardless of the date on which eligibility for the medical
  assistance was determined.
         SECTION 3.  If before implementing Section 32.0248, Human
  Resources Code, as amended by this Act, a state agency determines
  that an amendment to the existing waiver or other authorization is
  necessary to extend the operation of the demonstration project for
  women's health care services under that section as amended, the
  agency affected by the provision shall request the amendment to the
  waiver or other authorization and may delay implementing that
  section until the amendment or other authorization is granted.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect August 31, 2011.