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The bill would implement the Sunset Advisory Commission's recommendations by deferring the discontinuation of the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) until 2021, at which time it will be removed from statute and allowed to function as a private nonprofit corporation after that date. On or after September 1, 2021, the bill would require at least one representative of the private nonprofit organization with knowledge and experience in establishing statewide health information exchange capabilities to serve on the Electronic Health Information Exchange System Advisory Committee.
The bill would change the composition of the THSA's board of directors to include a voting board member to represent the Texas local health information exchanges. The governor would also be required to appoint at least two ex officio, nonvoting members representing the Department of State Health Services, Department of Aging and Disability Services, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Health and Human Services Commission.
The bill would also continue a statutory program certifying compliance with privacy standards.
When a bill implements the Sunset Advisory Commission's recommendations regarding the continuation and functions of an entity, we want to verify that it does not expand the size, scope, and cost of government. In this case, the bill does not abridge limited government. The purpose of the bill is to provide adequate time for the Texas Health Services Authority to transition to a private nonprofit corporation.
Since HB 1680 neither abridges nor advances limited government nor any of our other liberty principles, we remain neutral.