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  86R23826 JG-D
 
  By: Price, Sheffield, Rose, Ashby, H.B. No. 1063
      González of El Paso, et al.
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
 
 
  relating to telemedicine medical, telehealth, and home
  telemonitoring services under Medicaid.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 531.0216(f), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (f)  Not later than December 1 of each even-numbered year,
  the commission shall report to the speaker of the house of
  representatives and the lieutenant governor on the effects of
  telemedicine medical services, telehealth services, and home
  telemonitoring services on Medicaid in the state, including the
  number of physicians, health professionals, and licensed health
  care facilities using telemedicine medical services, telehealth
  services, or home telemonitoring services, the geographic and
  demographic disposition of the physicians and health
  professionals, the number of patients receiving telemedicine
  medical services, telehealth services, and home telemonitoring
  services, the types of services being provided, [and] the cost of
  utilization, and the cost savings of telemedicine medical services,
  telehealth services, and home telemonitoring services to Medicaid.
         SECTION 2.  Section 531.02164, Government Code, is amended
  by adding Subsection (c-1) to read as follows:
         (c-1)  Notwithstanding Subsection (c)(1), the program
  required under this section must also provide that home
  telemonitoring services are available to pediatric persons who:
               (1)  are diagnosed with end-stage solid organ disease;
               (2)  have received an organ transplant; or
               (3)  require mechanical ventilation.
         SECTION 3.  Section 531.02176, Government Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 4.  The executive commissioner of the Health and
  Human Services Commission shall adopt the rules necessary to
  implement Section 531.02164(c-1), Government Code, as added by this
  Act, not later than December 1, 2019.
         SECTION 5.  If before implementing any provision of this Act
  a state agency determines that a waiver or authorization from a
  federal agency is necessary for implementation of that provision,
  the agency affected by the provision shall request the waiver or
  authorization and may delay implementing that provision until the
  waiver or authorization is granted.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.