Honorable Charles Schwertner, Chair, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB203 by Nelson (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.), As Introduced
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 the sunset date, allows the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to seek the assistance of a private non-profit entity when amending those standards, and requires that the HHSC designate a private non-profit entity with relevant experience to establish certification standards, to the extent that such entity exists. The bill provides alternative procedures if such entity does not exist.
HHSC, the Department of Family and Protective Services, the Department of Assistive & 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 bill would take effect on September 1, 2015.
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