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Relating to supportive palliative care.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no significant fiscal implication to the state is anticipated.
SB 916 would define "supportive palliative care" as physician-assisted interdisciplinary patient- and family-centered care provided to a patient with a serious illness without regard to age or terminal prognosis that (1) may be provided concurrently with methods of treatment that seek to cure or minimize effects of the illness, and (2) seeks to optimize the quality of life for a patient with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness and the patient's family through various methods.
This bill would require the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to conduct a study to assess potential improvements to a patient's quality of care and health outcomes and to anticipated cost savings to the state from supporting the use of or providing Medicaid reimbursement to certain Medicaid recipients for supportive palliative care. This provision would expire on September 1, 2021.
Since this is not a matter that concerns liberty principles, Texas Action has a neutral stance towards SB 916.