Thu, 23 February 17

HAC Begins Meeting

HAC started meeting this week with presentations by the Legislative Budget Board. On Wednesday the LBB provided an overview of Medicaid. Total Medicaid funding in the 2016-17 adjusted base is $26.3 billion GR and $64.6 billion in AF. This includes an estimated $1.2 billion in GR funds above the 2016-17 Budget to complete fiscal year 2017 expenditures, which includes revenue adjustments, transfers, and assumed supplemental funding. House Bill 1, as introduced includes $27.0 billion in GR funds and $65.5 billion AF for Medicaid in 2018-19, which is an increase of $0.7 billion in General Revenue-Related Funds and $1.0 billion AFs. The committee had many questions about Medicaid managed care, capitation rate setting and savings, and STAR Kids. TAHP staff immediately started meeting with offices to educate them on the value of managed care and will continue meetings over the next several weeks.  LBB Recommendations for HB 1 can be found here.

The HAC Article II Subcommittee was named and includes: Rep. Sarah Davis (Chair), Greg Bonnen (Vice), Dukes, Munoz, Roberts, Sheffield and Wu. The committee will begin meeting next week at 7:30am on Monday to hear invited testimony from HHSC and OIG. They are scheduled to meet again on Thursday at 7:30am to hear testimony on HHSC, OIG, DFPS and DSHS. Full House Committee assignments can be found here.

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