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Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee
April 23, 2013 Hearing


HB 486: Outsourcing to Private Commercial Contractors
Author: Rep. Dawnna Dukes
Health and human services agencies often contract with private entities to provide state services and to save government funds. To fully anticipate potential impacts as the agencies contract state services, the state has utilized mechanisms at the front end of the contracting process designed to ensure that Texas residents are truly served by the entities with which an agency has contracted.


Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee
April 9, 2013 Hearing

HB 3158: Contracts for Medicaid Managed Care
Author: Rep. John Zerwas
A health maintenance organization can currently contract with the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to become a managed care organization. The state administers Medicaid and CHIP managed care through managed care organizations, which contract with hospitals and physicians to offer health care services to Medicaid and CHIP enrollees.

Recent legislation established a health care collaboratives model, in which a provider-owned network works with traditional insurers, such as health maintenance organizations, to enhance access to high-quality health care and improve the provision of medical services.


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Budget Restores Significant Portions from the 2011 Cuts Pushed by Gov. Perry

AUSTIN — Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, Chairman of the House Human Services Committee, voted for the budget bill, SB 1, which passed unanimously with a 135-12 vote after a 12 hour debate by the full House of Representatives.

The bill increases the overall state budget for state operations to $193.8 billion for the next two-year 2014-2015 biennium, a 2.1% increase from the 2012-2013 biennium .The House also adopted $93.5 billion from the general fund, which invests in public schools, universities, and health care. That is a 7 % increase over the current budget.

“I am very proud that we were able to increase funding for public education by $2.5 billion but I still want to add another $2 billion from the rainy day fund and we will continue to work toward that,” said Rep. Raymond.

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