The Texas Public Policy Foundation applauds Chairman Harless and the Members of the Select Committee on Health Care Reform for the report released last week and the careful consideration and review of charges aimed at improving the cost and delivery of care in Texas.

“The Select Committee was one of the most substantive of its kind that highlighted the root causes of many issues rather than surface level ones commonly addressed,” said David Balat, Director of TPPF’s Right on Healthcare initiative. “The Committee did an outstanding job of providing solutions that will result in tremendous change in an opaque industry to the benefit of all Texans.”

The report is broken down by Charge and provides a detailed review of the national experts invited to testify. The five charges included:

  • Study the implications of excessive health care costs on the efficacy of Texas Medicaid and the private health insurance market and the resulting impact on individual Texans, businesses, and state government.
  • Monitor the implementation of, and compliance with current price transparency requirements and study ways that the state can support patients and increase competition.
  • Evaluate innovative, fiscally positive options to ensure that Texans have access to affordable, quality, and comprehensive health care, with an emphasis on reaching low-income and at-risk populations.
  • Study ways to improve outreach to families with children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid or CHIP, including children in rural areas.
  • Examine the potential impact of delayed care on the state’s health care delivery system, health care costs, and patient health outcomes, as well as best practices for getting patients with foregone or delayed health interventions back into the health care system.

To view the full report, please click here.