Funding

DSHS to Host Stakeholder Meetings on 2020-2021 Budget

On Monday, June 11, the Department of State Health Services will host an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the upcoming legislative appropriations request (LAR). While there is no guarantee that legislators will appropriate the items included in an LAR, it is used as a guide for lawmakers and is considered to be the funding…

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HHSC Awards $15 Million in Grant Funding for Mental Health

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding up to $15 million in grant funds to 31 governmental entities and nonprofit organizations located across the state to provide mental health services to communities. Grants will fund community programs to expand treatment, promote recovery and improve quality of life for individuals with mental illness. Examples…

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RACs Receive Additional Contract Funding

Although appropriators indicated last session the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) would receive level funding for FY 18 and 19 contracts with the state, actual FY 18 appropriations were significantly less – some RACs saw a cut of more than 40%. Even more concerning, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) indicated there may not…

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Senate Finance Committee Examines Trauma Funding Needs

On January 30, the Texas Senate Committee on Finance took up a charge to review revenue sources currently funding the state’s trauma system and the impact of declining revenues and balances in General Revenue – Dedicated accounts. In addition, they are evaluating the impact of statutory changes affecting trauma system funding, including efforts to eliminate…

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Upcoming Legislative Hearings

The Texas Legislature will hold hearings Jan. 30 to discuss trauma funding and March 22 to discuss substance abuse and opioids. On Jan. 30 at 10:00 am, the Senate Finance Committee will convene in room E1.036 of the Capitol to review revenue sources currently funding the state’s trauma system and the impact of declining revenues…

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REMINDER: DSHS to Allow Affidavit for FY 2018 EMS Allotment Funding

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Office of EMS\Trauma Systems is finalizing funding decisions and calculating the distribution formulas for fiscal year (FY) 2018 EMS Allotment/Allocation of the EMS and Trauma Care System Account (911 funds), the Emergency Medical Services, Trauma Facilities, and Trauma Care System Fund (1131 funds) and the Designated Trauma…

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Senate Finance to Examine Trauma Funding

The Senate Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:00am to hear invited and public testimony on several interim charges including:  Trauma Funding: Review revenue sources currently funding the trauma system and the impact of declining revenues and in General Revenue – Dedicated accounts. Evaluate the impact of statutory changes affecting…

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Texas Hospitals Urge Delay or Repeal of Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Payment Reductions

In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a rule to implement the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payment reductions beginning fiscal year 2018 through 2025, as required by the Affordable Care Act. The Texas Hospital Association has called for the repeal or delay the cuts, as Texas hospitals stand to lose about $150 million in federal…

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Hospital Preparedness Program Funds Boost Efforts

Federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funds have historically helped prepare the state for natural disaster response. However, President Trump has proposed cuts to HPP, as well as two other medical preparedness programs. The following appeared today in the New York Times: Those programs helped establish emergency medical task forces that have dispatched ambulances, personnel and…

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