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Relating to the creation and operations of health care provider
participation programs in certain counties.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1142 would allow certain counties (counties with a population between 125,000 and 140,000 which are not served by a public hospital or hospital district and are not adjacent to a population with one million+ population) to create a Local Provider Participation Fund (LPPF) to collect mandatory payments based on paying hospital net patient revenue to provide the non-federal share of a Medicaid supplemental payment program.
Under this bill, money deposited to the fund may only be used to:
The county commissioners court may not authorize the county to collect a mandatory payment authorized under this chapter without an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the commissioners court.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 1142 as it does not affect our liberty principles. Since this is largely a local issue that does not increase the cost of government or public debt, we are neutral on this legislation.