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House Committee on Public Health - 71st R.S. (1989)

Committee Members
Brad Wright, Chair
Billy Clemons, Vice Chair
Frank Madla, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Jack Harris
Harvey Hilderbran
Nancy McDonald
Carolyn Park
Ciro Rodriguez
Alan Schoolcraft
Charges
• To monitor all activities and to have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 26.
• To study trends in the infection levels and population of AIDS and HIV infected individuals and to study the effect of AIDS-related legislation enacted by the 71st Legislature (joint study with Appropriations Committee).
• To study the economic status of Texas hospitals and the effect that uncompensated care, tax credits and other factors or incentives have on the viability of rural and urban hospitals.
• To study substance abuse problems of Texas youth.
• To study indigent health care funding.
• To study the impact of AIDS on public health care costs and hospital costs in Texas (joint study with Appropriations Committee).
• To study the benefits and public necessity of licensing and regulating medical laboratories in Texas, including the relative merits of state regulation versus federal regulation.
• To review the Texas state statute (Art. 4542a-1, Sec. 40, V.A.C.S) concerning the substitution of generically equivalent drugs for brand named pharmaceuticals.
• To study prescription drug programs provided under health insurance policies or contracts and employee benefit plans.

Note:
Brad Wright (Chair) is not listed in the report, however, he is listed as Chair in 71st Legislature Interim Committees, and there is nothing to indicate any change in his status during the interim.

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