Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923


March 29, 2011
Contact: Janet Elliott (512) 463-0112

Committee Passes Bills to Improve Health Care Efficiency, Outcomes

AUSTIN — The Senate Health & Human Services Committee today passed Senate Bills 7 and 8, legislation authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to contain costs associated with health care waste and inefficiency and to reduce preventable medical errors. The bills now go to the full Senate.

"Our current Medicaid payment system unfortunately provides an incentive for overutilization. This legislation re-aligns the financial gains with what should be the true objective of our health care system -- to ensure healthy outcomes for patients and responsible use of the public's health care dollars," said Senator Nelson.

Key Provisions of SB 7:

Key Provisions of SB 8:

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, represents Senate District 12, which includes portions of Denton and Tarrant counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.