Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 17, 2009
Contact: Dave Nelson (512) 463-0112

SENATE APPROVES MEDICAID REFORM PLAN

AUSTIN — The Texas Senate today approved SB 7 by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, designed to modernize and improve patient outcomes in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Plan. The bill was approved unanimously and moves to the House for further consideration.

"This legislation brings us closer to a modernized system that prioritizes quality of care over quantity of treatments. It expands the use of technology, which is a critical piece of the equation to reduce overhead and prevent duplicative, unnecessary and even dangerous treatment. It also encourages patients to take better care of their health. Overall, our goal is to allocate resources in a way that truly benefits our citizens and makes them healthier," she said. SB 7:

More than 4.1 million Texans, 29 percent of them children, receive services under Texas Medicaid.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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