Texas Legislative Update

Texas 86th Legislative session

TxOHC, as a member of the Texas Public Health Coalition, supported the
following legislation:

Immunizations for First Responders

  • Governor signed House Bill 1418 to create system to inform first responders of their immunization history and potential disease risk on certification and recertification, effective immediately.
  • Governor signed House Bill 1256 to create process for first responders and their employers to access their immunization status in disaster response, effective 9/1/2019

Infection Control in Long-Term Care

  • Governor signed House Bill 1848 to enhance infection prevention and control programs in nursing homes to include protocols for rapid influenza testing and limiting spread of multidrug resistant organisms, effective 9/1/2019

Tobacco and E-Cigarette Use: (Tobacco 21)

  • Governor signed Senate Bill 21 to raise the minimum age of sale for tobacco and e-cigarette products from 18 to 21 statewide, except military members, effective 9/1/2019.

Chronic Disease and Obesity Prevention

  • Governor Signed House Bill 3552 Requiring 60-Day Public Written Notice Period for reduction or termination of community water fluoridation, effective 9/1/2019
    Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
  • Governor signed House Bill 39 repealing time limitations on CPRIT grant awards, effective immediately.
  • HJR 12 Proposing a constitutional amendment to increase maximum bond amount for CPRIT –will be on November ballot.

Maternal Health:

  • Governor signed Senate Bill 748 that establishes pregnancy medical homes, high-risk maternal care coordinated service pilot programs, telehealth programs for prenatal & postpartum care, effective 9/1/19.
  • Governor signed Senate Bill 750 enhancing continuity of care for transition from Medicaid to Healthy Texas Women, effective immediately.

Additionally, TxOHC supported SB 556 (Kolkhorst ) and House companion HB 1467 (Deshotel), which would establish a dental benefit for adults with disabilities in Medicaid.  Though neither passed, HB 4533 was amended to include a pilot for adult dental benefits. 

HB 80– Relating to a study and report regarding shortages in certain health professions. Signed by the governor on 6/2/2019.

HB2486– Relating to certain required disclosures and prohibited practices of certain employee benefit plans and health insurance policies that provide benefits for dental care services. Signed by the governor on 6/14/19.

To read full bill text please go to, https://capitol.texas.gov/Home.aspx.

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

http://www.tsbde.state.tx.us/

Rulemaking actions will be posted in the Texas Register which is a weekly publication that serves as the journal for state agency rulemaking for Texas. Once published the public has 30 days in which to respond. http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml/

Board Meetings are held in the William P. Hobby Jr., Building, Tower 2, Suite 225.

* Inclusion of bills on this list does not denote support from the Texas Oral Health Coalition.

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NCSL Maternal and Child Health Database Tracking Tool

This tool for state maternal and child health legislation covers fourteen different MCH categories includng, maternal mental health, children’s mental health, children’s nutrition, and infant/maternal mortality