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Senate Committee on Health and Human Services - 73rd R.S. (1993)

Committee Members
Judith Zaffirini, Chair
Rodney Ellis, Vice Chair
Frank Madla
Mike Moncrief
Jane Nelson
Jerry Patterson
Dan Shelley
Carlos F. Truan
Jeff Wentworth
Charges
• Review and evaluate the options provided by the State Medicaid Director and make recommendations for state or federal administrative action that could be taken in the short term under current law, if any, with the goal of fundamentally changing the Medicaid delivery system to achieve significant savings in the Texas Medicaid Program in FY '96-'97.
• Review Medicaid and other related programs in Texas and other states, such as Tennessee and Oregon, to identify cost-saving methods that have proven successful or have the potential to prove successful.
• Identify barriers at the federal level, whether statutory or administrative, that restrict or limit Texas' ability to achieve substantial Medicaid cost-savings.
• Make recommendations for state legislation, if necessary, to substantially reduce the growth in demand for spending in the 1996-97 Medicaid budget and following budget periods.
• Review compliance by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission with the requirements of HB 7, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session and subsequent amendments thereto.
• At the direction of the Lieutenant Governor, investigate allegations of fraud, mismanagement or waste in any health and human services program or agency involving substantial loss or risk of future loss to the state.
• Investigate conditions reported in "Nobody's Priority", an Austin American Statesman series on children with severe disbilities living in Texas nursing homes.

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