SB 749

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

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Lois Kolkhorst


Four Price


Steve Allison

Bill Caption

Relating to level of care designations for hospitals that provide neonatal and maternal care.

Fiscal Notes

According to the Legislative Budget Board, no significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 749 would require the Health and Human Services Commission to adopt additional rules relating to the level of care designations for hospitals. The bill would create a process to appeal a level of care designation.

In adopting rules relating to hospitals, the bill would require that the use of telemedicine medical services by a physician providing on-call services is sufficient to satisfy certain requirements pertaining to Level I, II, or III level of care designation. 

Additionally, SB 749 would strike the provision abolishing the Perinatal Advisory Council on September 1, 2025, and require the Sunset Advisory Commission to review the Perinatal Advisory Council during the period in which the Department of State Health Services is reviewed. The bill would require HHSC, in consultation with physicians of appropriate specialties, and statewide hospital associations, to conduct a strategic review of the practical implementation of rules relating to hospital level of care designations for neonatal and maternal care.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action has a neutral stance on SB 749 which has no apparent affect on our liberty principles.