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Weekly Newsletter: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

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…

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Rep. Raymond Votes for Budget that Helps Move the State Forward

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…

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Weekly Newsletter: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee April 2, 2013 Hearing HB 2072: Services for the Deaf Author: Rep. Eddie Rodriguez The lack of a state professional interpreters licensing program poses unnecessary and sometimes dangerous challenges for the hearing impaired population. Although Texas has had an interpreter certification program for the past few decades, certification is…

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Weekly Newsletter: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee March 26, 2013 Hearing HB 2383: Eligibility for Medical Assistance Author: Rep. Craig Eiland Currently, some applicants for Medicaid who have a life insurance policy must surrender the policy for an amount far below its actual value in order to be eligible for benefits, at which point the state…

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Weekly Newsletter: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee March 19, 2013 Hearing HB 1536: Administrative Hearings to Recover Medicaid Overpayments Author: Rep. Bobby Guerra The office of inspector general of the Health and Human Services Commission has a duty to investigate suspicions of fraudulent Medicaid payments. Such investigations have been targeted at clinics with a higher volume…

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Weekly Newsletter: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee March 12, 2013 Hearing HB 748: Innovation Strategies in Child Welfare Programs Author: Chairman Richard Peña Raymond On September 30, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act. Among other changes, this act extended through fiscal year 2014 the authority of the…

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Rep. Raymond Takes Oath of Office: Calls on the Legislature to Put Children First

AUSTIN– Following today’s 83rd legislative session swearing in, Rep. Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo) called on the Legislature to put children first by fully restoring funding to education and investing in programs focused on the well-being of our kids. “I am asking my colleagues to join me in fully restoring $5 billion to fund education. Protecting…

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Rep. Richard Peña Raymond and Congressman Henry Cuellar Announce New State of the Art DPS Crime Lab at Groundbreaking Ceremony

LAREDO–In 2010, State Representative Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo), Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Sheriff Martin Cuellar and Department of Public Safety officials among them Department of Public Safety Deputy Assistant Director of Crime Laboratories, D. Pat Johnson discussed the need to implement a Laredo Crime Lab to assist law enforcement agencies with the expertise of forensic…

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