Texas Legislature creates new House Select Committee on Statewide Health Care Costs

On Tuesday, Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen signed a proclamation creating the House Select Committee on Statewide Health Care Costs in the Texas Legislature.

The creation of the select committee comes after Bonnen recently released his interim committee charges, where he stated he would create several select committees to address  “issues of extraordinary interest and concern.”

 

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As outlined in the proclamation, the Select Committee on Statewide Health Care Costs will consist of 11 members whose duties are to examine the drivers of increased health care costs in Texas. To accomplish this, the members are tasked with reviewing current health care financing strategies, regional variations in the cost of care, cost transparency, and lack of competition and consolidation in the provider and insurance markets, among other issues.

The select committee is also directed to study opportunities to better coordinate how public health care dollars are spent, and to identify delivery system improvements and sustainable financing models that can reduce health care costs.

The committee members include:

  • Greg Bonnen, Chair
  • Senfronia Thompson, Vice-Chair
  • Garnet Coleman
  • Philip Cortez
  • James Frank
  • Cody Harris
  • Cole Hefner
  • Stephanie Klick
  • Eddie Lucio III
  • Christina Morales
  • Tom Oliverson

The committee is required to submit a final report on their findings in the same manner as an interim study committee.