HB 3476

84(R) - 2015
House Public Health
House Public Health
Health & Human Services
Medical conditions

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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  • Positive
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Garnet F. Coleman

Bill Caption

Relating to the provision and reimbursement of home telemonitoring services, telemedicine medical services, and telehealth services under the Medicaid program.

Fiscal Notes

There is no significant fiscal implication to the State or local government is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 3476 would amend the Texas statutes to expand who would be eligible to home telemonitoring services under Medicaid, such as the elderly, those suffering from asthma, any terminal illness, and/or exhibits any other serious health risks. Home telemonitoring service means a health service that requires remote monitoring of data to a licensed home health agency or hospital. This bill would also eliminate the expiration of medicaid reimbursement for home telemonitoring services, which would have expired in September 2015.

This bill would attempt to provide the legislature with comprehensive data on the cost-savings of home telemonitoring services by creating three pilot projects; (1) under Medicaid, (2) for Texas government employees, and (3) Texas public school employees. A report would be issued addressing to the legislature of the results of the pilot projects with an evaluation of the cost savings to the State and other measurements of effectiveness.

Vote Recommendation Notes

HB 3476 could possibly provide a more cost-effective program for state-provided healthcare. As healthcare costs have continued to skyrocket, this newly developed and researched program could possibly save the taxpayers money. We support this bill for limited government.

Organizations Supporting

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Texas
Texas Association of Business
Texas Public Policy Foundation