A bill that would require nursing facilities through the STAR + PLUS Medicaid managed care program to meet the state’s direct care payment ratio is advancing through the legislature. After passing the Senate, Senate Bill 1629 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Human Services Committee on May 9th.      The bill would … Read more

Texas Sen. Drew Springer (R – Muenster) filed Senate Bill 1282 on Tuesday, a measure that would create the Texas Mental Health Care Enterprise Fund (MHCEF) to recruit and retain individuals licensed for essential mental health professions.      The legislature would determine the initial appropriation for MHCEF and the Texas Health and Human Services … Read more

After several high-profile shootings at healthcare facilities in Texas in 2022, including a murder-suicide outside a children’s hospital in Houston on Monday, officials are calling for legislation to support and protect nurses.     Rep. Donna Howard (D- Austin), a former licensed nurse practitioner and nursing educator in the state, has refiled House Bill 112 … Read more