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


June 27, 2011
Contact: Janet Elliott (512) 463-0112

SB 7, Medicaid Efficiency Bill, Receives Final Passage

AUSTIN — The Senate and House today passed SB 7, legislation authored by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, which expands Medicaid managed care and streamlines programs to achieve cost savings needed to balance the health and human services budget. The bill now goes to the governor.

"These reforms are critically needed to focus our health care dollars on the outcomes we want for our patients and to contain the unsustainable growth in our health and human services budget," Senator Nelson said.

SB 7 includes portions of three bills filed by Senator Nelson during the regular session -- SB 23, relating to efficiencies, cost-savings and fraud prevention in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); SB 7, achieving savings in Medicaid and CHIP by re-focusing our health care dollars on better patient outcomes; and SB 8, allowing health care providers to form collaboratives to better coordinate care, free from burdensome federal regulations.

Senate Bill 7 achieves at least $467 million in savings assumed in the state budget. The bill:

"Allowing providers to take a team approach to patient care will help reduce errors and duplicative tests and treatments, resulting in healthier patients," Senator Nelson said.

Senator Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes portions of Denton and Tarrant counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.