HBA-NMO H.B. 2304 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2304 By: Coleman Public Health 3/17/99 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, psychologists, social workers, and licensed professional counselors are eligible to receive Medicaid reimbursement for the provision of family counseling services. However, licensed marriage and family therapists are not eligible for Medicaid reimbursement. H.B. 2304 requires the Health and Human Services Commission or an agency operating part of the medical assistance program, as appropriate, to permit a recipient of medical assistance to receive family counseling services through a licensed family therapist. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 32.027, Human Resources Code, by adding Subsection (j), as follows: (j) Requires the Health and Human Service Commission or an agency operating part of the medical assistance program, as appropriate, to permit a recipient of medical assistance under this chapter (Medical Assistance Program) to receive family counseling services through a licensed marriage and family therapist, as defined by Section 2, Article 4512c-1, V.T.C.S. (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Act). SECTION 2. Requires a state agency, if before implementing any provision of this Act it determines that a waiver or authorization from a federal agency is necessary for implementation of that provision, to request the waiver or authorization and authorizes the state agency to delay implementing that provision until the waiver or authorization is granted. SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 4. Emergency clause.