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

March 25, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

TEXAS SENATE PASSES SB 7 TO REFORM MEDICAID

AUSTIN —The Texas Senate voted unanimously today to pass SB 7 authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. The bill redesigns the Medicaid long-term care system for individuals with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as low-income seniors.

"We just took a major step forward in our effort to improve the quality of our long-term care services in Medicaid - and to reach more Texans with state services," said Senator Nelson. "Under SB 7, services continue - and improve - for everyone currently receiving them."

The bill, which was unanimously approved by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, ensures that all services individuals are receiving now will continue to be delivered, as well as provides services to 12,000 Texans who are currently receiving no services. The bill now moves to the Texas House of Representatives for further consideration.

"I truly believe this legislation is going to make a positive impact in the lives of seniors and Texans with disabilities," said Senator Nelson. "SB 7 ensures that we are providing the best possible care - now and into the future."

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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