HBA-NRS H.B. 2671 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2671 By: Janek Public Health 3/23/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The vaccines for children program (program) was developed to support efforts to increase childhood immunization levels by providing vaccines to eligible children. Over 70 percent of the state's children are eligible for the program and to serve such a large number of patients many health care providers need to participate. Increasing the number of providers enrolled in the program will increase the number of places where parents can take their children for vaccinations and may also reduce the number of vaccines administered in largely understaffed public health clinics by shifting patients to private physicians' offices where patients may also receive more comprehensive medical care. House Bill 2671 requires the Texas Department of Health to develop and distribute educational materials designed to promote the vaccines for children program to health care providers not currently enrolled in the program. 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 2671 requires the Texas Department of Health not later than October 1, 2001, to develop and distribute educational materials designed to promote and increase awareness of the vaccines for children program to each health care provider, including a Medicaid provider, who is not enrolled but is otherwise eligible to participate in the vaccines for children program. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.