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

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2010
Contact: Janet Elliott (512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON TO LEAD MAJOR HEALTH POLICY REVIEW

AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, will preside over a sweeping review of the state's top health policy challenges under interim assignments released today by the lieutenant governor.

Senator Nelson is chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee. She also will participate in studies of the state's fiscal responsibility and government transparency as a member of the Senate committees on Finance and Government Organization.

"Because we will be facing enormous funding challenges as we work to meet our needs on education, transportation and a whole host of other issues, it is vital that we begin our preparations immediately," said Senator Nelson, who discussed the assignments today with Lt. Governor David Dewhurst at Baylor Regional Medical Center-Grapevine. "Cost containment needs to be a major priority as we examine strategies to meet our health and human services needs. We will closely monitor the federal discussions, which could drastically alter the way we deliver health care in Texas. Growing our medical work force, taking care of our seniors, protecting abused and neglected children, and improving the overall health of our citizens will also be important areas of our focus."

The Senate's 17 standing committees were tasked with formulating recommendations on education, transportation, the economy and other important issues in preparation for the 2011 legislative session. Those recommendations must be publicly reported by December 1, 2010. For a complete list of Texas Senate's interim charges, visit http://www.senate.state.tx.us.

As chair of the state's top health policy-making body, Senator Nelson will play a key role in developing plans to confront the issues outlined in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee's interim charges. Highlights include studies of:

"We must always remember our responsibility to those who depend on these critical state services, as well as our fiduciary duty to those who support these services with their hard-earned tax dollars, especially in these difficult economic times," Senator Nelson said.

Senator Nelson represents District 12, which includes portions of Tarrant and Denton counties. In addition to her role on health policy, she is a member of the Finance, Government Organization, and Nomination Committees. She is Chairman of special panels reviewing Health & Human Services Eligibility and Criminal Commitments of Individuals with Mental Retardation, as well as a member of the Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs.

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