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Relating to a public outreach campaign for aging adults with visual impairments.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no fiscal impact to the state is anticipated.
SB 1109 would direct HHSC to establish awareness campaigns aimed at older adults with visual impairment and their families, healthcare providers, aging network partners, and broader community stakeholders such as faith-based communities. Additionally, SB 1109 provides for HHSC to establish a toll-free telephone number for providing counseling and referrals to appropriate services for aging adults who are blind or visually impaired, and to post on its website information and training resources for aging adults, community stakeholders, and health care and other service providers that generally serve aging adults.
Texas Action opposes SB 1109 because it violates the principle of limited government. This public awareness campaign is outside the core function of government and is a more appropriate role for medical professionals and nonprofit organizations.