HB 25

86(R) - 2019
House Human Services
Senate Health & Human Services
House Human Services
Senate Health & Human Services
Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Mary Gonzalez
Jessica Farrar
Dade Phelan
James White


Judith Zaffirini


Eddie Lucio Jr.
Borris Miles

Bill Caption

Relating to the provision of services to certain children under the Medicaid medical transportation program.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 25 would require the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force to establish a pilot program in at least one health care service region that allows for a managed transportation organization (MTO) that participates in the pilot program to provide medical transportation services to a woman who is enrolled in the STAR Medicaid managed care program during pregnancy and after she delivers, and to the woman's child who accompanies the woman.

This bill would require the MTO to provide medical transportation services in a manner that does not increase costs to Medicaid or HHSC; provide demand response transportation services; and ensure that the MTO and MCO through which the women receives health care services effectively share information and coordinate services. HHSC would submit a report to the legislature on the result of the pilot program and provide recommendations on whether the program should continue, expand, or terminate.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action is neutral on HB 25 because it does not affect our liberty principles and does not increase costs to the State. The Legislative Budget Board assumes that any administrative costs associated with establishing this program can be absorbed within available resources of HHSC, and that Medicaid would reimburse for a participating woman's transportation as it currently does.