Austin, Texas
March 17, 2015

Honorable Richard Peña Raymond, Chair, House Committee on Human Services
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB1680 by Raymond ( relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Health Services Authority as a quasi-governmental entity and the electronic exchange of health care information.), Committee Report 1st House, Substituted

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

The bill would implement Sunset Advisory Commission's recommendations to amend Chapter 531 of the Government Code and Chapters 181 and 182 of the Health and Safety Code regarding the expiration and duties of the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA). The bill also provides for the continuation of privacy and security standards after THSA is removed from statute, allows the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to seek the assistance of a private non-profit organization with relevant experience when amending those standards, and requires that the HHSC designate such an organization to establish a process by which certain entities may be certified by the organization as complying with those standards. The bill provides alternative procedures if such a private nonprofit organization does not exist. 

HHSC, the Department of Family and Protective Services, the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Office of the Governor, and the Texas Department of Insurance have indicated that implementing the provisions of the bill would not result in a fiscal impact to the state. Assuming current privacy, security, and certification standards would not be changed, the Department of State Health Services reported that any costs associated with the bill would be absorbed with current agency resources.

The portions of the bill regarding privacy, security, and certification standards would take effect on September 1, 2021. All other provisions of the bill would take effect on September 1, 2015.

Local Government Impact

No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated. Local governments may incur fees if there are any changes to the privacy, security, and certification standards.

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