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Relating to the provision and delivery of certain health care services in this state, including services under Medicaid and other public benefits programs, using telecommunications or information technology and to reimbursement for some of those services.
The fiscal implications of the bill cannot be determined at this time due to the inability to determine the impact on service utilization.
HB 4 would require the Health and Human Services Commission to ensure that Medicaid recipients, child health plan program enrollees, and other individuals receiving public benefits administered by the commission have the option to receive services as telemedicine medical services, telehealth services, or otherwise using telecommunication for:
HB 4 would implement many standardizing regulations to ensure that communication is conducted easily and responsibly for all involved facilities, organizations, Medicaid managed care programs, outpatient treatment services, and healthcare providers as well as provide for the reimbursement of telemonitoring services for certain at-risk individuals.
HB 4 represents greater access to medical services offered in this state. This opens access to better and more services for individuals on Medicaid, medical assistance programs, child health plans, and other public health programs. As individuals are able to make better decisions for their own healthcare and health, they take an active role in their own healthcare. HB 4 has a positive impact on the principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government. Texas Action supports HB 4.