HBA-NRS S.B. 282 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 282 By: Nelson Public Health 7/10/2001 Engrossed 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 many health care providers need to participate to serve such a large number of patients. 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. Senate Bill 282 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 Senate Bill 282 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 May 22, 2001.