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


November 21, 2007
Contact: Dave Nelson (817) 424-3446


AUSTIN -- Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, today was selected as presiding officer of the Medicaid Reform Legislative Oversight Committee -- a panel that will guide the state's continuing efforts to reform Medicaid. Medicaid accounts for 20 percent of the state budget and provides health care to more than 3.7 million needy, sick or fragile Texans.

"Because Texas spreads more health care dollars across more diverse regions than any other state, it is vital that we make the best possible use of our health care resources," Senator Nelson said. "That means being innovative and forward-thinking in our approach to the poor, the frail and the uninsured. We laid a solid foundation last session. Now we must build on that success so that we can ensure the health of our citizens in a way that keeps us fiscally healthy, as well."

The most pressing job of the Oversight Committee will be to oversee the state's application for a federal Medicaid waiver so that key provisions of SB 10 by Senator Nelson, which the Legislature approved last session, can be implemented.

"The responsibilities given to the Committee are substantial and extremely important to the state," said Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, who made today's appointments. "I look forward to your findings, and I greatly appreciate your commitment to serving on this committee."

Following are some of the key provisions of SB 10:

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, which includes parts of Tarrant and Denton counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.