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Interim Hearings - Week of March 19, 2012

Tuesday, March 20th 

Senate Committee on Health and Human Services  

Charge 4: Prior authorization and medical necessity review across the Medicaid Program, including nursing homes and orthodontic services, improving policies to reduce unnecessary utilization and fraud

Charge 7: Delivery and financing of public health services in Texas, including federal funds distribution to local health departments and role of Regional Health Departments operated by the Department of State Health Services

Wednesday, March 21st  

Senate Committee on Health and Human Services    

Charge 6: Management structure and supervision of Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers, especially in rural areas, including efficiency, quality casework and supervision, and caseworker retention; quality of care of children in CPS, including improving permanency outcomes

Charge 9, Bullet 3: Implementation of initiative to redesign foster care system

Thursday, March 22nd 

House Committees on Environmental Regulation and Transportation (Joint Hearing)

Environmental Regulation Charge 5 and Transportation Charge 4: Study the environmental review process for transportation projects and monitor implementation of reforms newly passed by the 82nd Legislature

House Committee on Transportation

Charge 1: Current transportation infrastructure, including roadway, bridge, and waterway quality, future needs for the next decade and long-range sufficiency.

Joint Committee on Aging

Topic: Innovative approaches to long-term care for elders in Texas

House Committee on Natural Resources

Charge 1: The performance of state and local entities in addressing the ongoing drought; the impact of the drought on the state water plan, including the need for additional water plan funding; the effectiveness of current drought management policies; strategies to help the state cope with drought and obstacles to implementation of these strategies

Charge 3: The status of desalination projects in Texas and an evaluation of the regulation of brackish groundwater

Charge 4: Improving water conservation in agricultural irrigation