SB 169

84(R) - 2015
Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations
Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations
Armed Services
Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Carlos Uresti

Bill Caption

Relating to ensuring that certain military members who reside out of state and their dependents maintain their positions on waiting lists for certain assistance programs provided by health and human services agencies.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

SB 169 was written with the intention of allowing active duty members, and certain dependents of the Armed Forces to be able to keep their place in line to receive the medical attention they need, while fulfilling their out-of-state deployment commitments. This legislation explicitly requires the Executive Commissioner of Health and Human Services Commission to maintain an active member's place on a waiting list or interest list while fulfilling their out-of-state commitments to the military.

These lists include:

  • Assistance programs
  • Waiver programs
  • Lists that offer additional benefits to the person according to the person's position on the interest list.
  • When a person reaches the position on a list that would allow them to receive benefits but the person can't because they are out of state temporarily due to their military service. 

The position of the military member will be held until after on year after the following takes place:

  • Their active duty ends
  • The member was killed in action, or  member died while in the service. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

We remain neutral on this bill as it neither affirms nor abridges our liberty principles. However, it is important to not punish active duty members of our military by moving them further down a waiting list simply as a consequence of their active duty assignment.