Joint Interim Committee on Health Services
(authorized by HCR 192, 77th Legislature)

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Icon: Press ReleaseSeptember 7, 2001
Legislative Leaders Appoint Joint Interim Committee to Monitor Impact of Health Costs on State Budget


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Interim Charges

The committee shall:

  1. Monitor Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) cost issues, including:
    1. Medicaid cost containment activities, including implementation of Article II Special Provisions contained in Sec. 33 of SB 1, 77th Legislature;
    2. Implementation of SB 43, 77th Legislature, regarding Medicaid simplification;
    3. Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) reorganization of Medicaid and CHIP administration;
    4. CHIP and Medicaid acute health reimbursement rates, including implementation of legislation passed by the 77th Legislature, SB 1053, SB 1299, and S.B. 1, HHSC Sec. 54 and Art. II Special Provisions Secs. 29 and 30;
    5. Medicaid and CHIP caseload and cost projections;
    6. federal actions affecting Medicaid and CHIP costs; and
    7. any other items deemed pertinent by the Joint Committee.
  2. Study the cost effectiveness of twelve month continuous eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP and make recommendations to the 78th Legislature.
  3. Monitor the implementation legislation passed by the 77th Legislature regarding interagency bulk purchasing of pharmaceuticals, HB 915 and SB 1, Art. IX, Sec. 6.47.


The final report of the committee should be approved by a majority of the members of the committee and include any recommended statutory or regulatory changes. The committee is encouraged to complete its work as soon as possible, but a final report should be submitted to the Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House of Representatives no later than November 15, 2002.

Budget and Staff

The committee shall use existing House and Senate staff, with assistance from the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Public Health. Where appropriate, the committee should request the assistance of legislative agencies as well as executive agencies with responsibilities related to the committee's charge.

Travel costs shall be paid from the operating budgets of House and Senate members, with all other costs borne by the standing committees of the Senate and House of Representatives.

If extraordinary expenses are anticipated, the co-chairs shall prepare a budget and present a request for funding to the chair and vice chair of the legislative council.


The committee should follow the provisions of HCR 192, 77th Legislature, relating to procedural matters, including the public posting of meetings. Pursuant to HCR 192, the committee is abolished January 14, 2003