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Interim Hearings – Week of March 19, 2018

Today's Committee Meetings on the LRL website is a calendar of interim committee hearings with links to agendas. Below are resources related to upcoming Interim Hearings.



Organizational meeting; overview of Sunset process; approval of review schedule, operating budget, and rules


Charge: Current state of infrastructure at Texas' international shipping ports and border ports of entry; transportation-related impediments to international trade and economic impact of those challenges, including border wait times


Charge: Economic Stabilization Fund: examine options to increase investment earnings; evaluate how the constitutional limit is calculated and consider alternatives methods

Charge: Monitor implementation of behavioral health, coordinating behavioral health services and expenditures, pursuant to Article IX, section 10.04, including the impact of new local grant funding  provided by the 85th Legislature

Topic: Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery


Charge 18: Monitor agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature; specifically monitor:

Topic: Implementation of therapy rate increases and policy changes at HHSC

Topic: HHSC's use of appropriated funds to expand Texas's inpatient psychiatric infrastructure

Topic: Ongoing impact of critical-needs funding at DFPS


Topic: State of cybersecurity in Texas


Medicaid Managed Care Quality and Compliance

Charge: Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) efforts to improve quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program, including pay-for-quality initiatives in Medicaid managed care; comparison of alternative payment models and value-based payment arrangements with providers in Medicaid managed care, the Employees Retirement System, and the Teacher Retirement System, and areas for cross-collaboration and coordination

Charge: Medicaid managed care organizations' compliance with contractual obligations and the use of incentives and sanctions to enforce compliance; competitive bidding practices for Medicaid managed care contracts

Health Care Cost Transparency

Charge: Efforts by Department of State Health Services and Texas Department of Insurance to increase health care cost transparency, including a review of the Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC) system, and the Consumer Guide to Healthcare; making provider and facility fees accessible to improve health care cost transparency and quality of care, creating an informed health care consumer base


Charge: System/campus expansion


Charge 2: Review conflict of interest laws and personal financial statement requirements governing public officers and employees

Charge 3:  Review penalties under Chapter 305, Government Code (registration of lobbyists)

Charge 5: Review procedures used at the Texas Ethics Commission; identify ways to resolve complaints


Child Welfare

Charge: Family preservation in the Family Based Social Services (FBSS) stage of service at the Department of Family and Protective Services, tracking quality of services and linking payments to providers of these services to outcomes for families and children

  • DFPS Data Book, Child Protective Services (CPS) Family Preservation (Fiscal Years 2015, 2016, 2017; Interactive Map), Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Family Based Support Programs, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Charge: Department of Family and Protective Services' progress in timely visits to children involved in a reported case of abuse or neglect

Charge: Services and supports provided to children in Permanent Managing Conservatorship of the state, and the level of preparedness given to youth aging out of state care

Charge: Effectiveness of public and private agency efforts to recruit and retain foster parents, barriers to entry and obstacles that prevent interested families from continuing to provide foster care

Substance Abuse/Opioids

Charge: Substance use prevention, intervention, and recovery programs; adequacy of substance use services for pregnant and postpartum women in Medicaid or Healthy Texas Women Program; impact of legislation on overprescribing and doctor shopping via the prescription monitoring program