Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
March 13, 2007
Contact: Tiffany Champion
(512) 463-0126

Statement of Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Senator Van de Putte said the following regarding the Texas Health and Human Services Commission cancelling its contract with Accenture:

Today, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced that it would begin transitioning the day-to-day management of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) from Accenture to state staff.

"Non-performance issues, such as those we have experienced with Accenture, need to be addressed promptly. It is too bad it took thousands of children being denied coverage, including the death of one child for the Commission to cancel Accenture's contract.

"Our State's contracts should be written with the intent to benefit our mission, not our contractors. I can only hope that this magnificent blunder will lead us to question future privatization efforts.

"As the contract winds down and transitioning moves forward, I look forward to the greater role that the state teams will play in the daily operations of CHIP. I am hopeful that our Texas children will be better served by the capable hands of our state employees.

"I have filed SB 81, which will reinstate a comprehensive Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) package appropriate for Texas children by restoring CHIP to its original design; thereby eliminating the barriers that families have encountered when applying or renewing their applications for coverage.

"Children's issues, both health care and education, have always been and remain among my top legislative priorities."