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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The agency is required to implement a provision of this Act only if the legislature
appropriates money specifically for that purpose. If the legislature does not appropriate
money specifically for that purpose, the agency may, but is not required to, implement a
provision of this Act using other appropriations available for that purpose.
SB 170 would codify existing policy to pay rural hospitals the actual and documented cost to treat Medicaid patients. The Health and Human Services Commission would be required to update the costs every other year.
Texas Action remains neutral on SB 170 because it does not affect our liberty principles.