Upshur County Indigent Care 2
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Texas Statutes - Chapter 61: INDIGENT HEALTH CARE AND TREATMENT ACT

·       Subchapter A GENERAL PROVISIONS 

·       Subchapter B COUNTY RESPONSIBILITY FOR PERSONS NOT RESIDING IN AN AREA SERVED BY A PUBLIC HOSPITAL OR HOSPITAL DISTRICT

·       Subchapter C PERSONS WHO RESIDE IN AN AREA SERVED BY A PUBLIC HOSPITAL OR HOSPITAL DISTRICT

 

Texas Statutes - Subchapter A: GENERAL PROVISIONS

·       Section 61.001 SHORT TITLE

·       Section 61.002 DEFINITIONS

·       Section 61.003 RESIDENCE

·       Section 61.004 RESIDENCE OR ELIGIBILITY DISPUTE

·       Section 61.0045 INFORMATION NECESSARY TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY

·       Section 61.005 CONTRIBUTION TOWARD COST OF ASSISTANCE

·       Section 61.006 STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES

·       Section 61.007 INFORMATION PROVIDED BY APPLICANT

·       Section 61.008 ELIGIBILITY RULES

·       Section 61.009 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

·       Section 61.010 DEDICATED TAX REVENUES

·       Section 61.011 SERVICES BY STATE HOSPITAL OR CLINIC

 

TEX HS. CODE ANN. § 61.001 : Texas Statutes - Section 61.001: SHORT TITLE

This chapter may be cited as the Indigent Health Care and Treatment Act.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

TEX HS. CODE ANN. § 61.002 : Texas Statutes - Section 61.002: DEFINITIONS

In this chapter:

(1) "Department" means the Texas Department of Health.

(2) "Eligible county resident" means an eligible resident of a county who does not reside in the service area of a public hospital or hospital district.

(3) "Eligible resident" means a person who meets the income and resources requirements established by this chapter or by the governmental entity, public hospital, or hospital district in whose jurisdiction the person resides.

(4) "Emergency services" has the meaning assigned by Chapter 773.

(5) "General revenue levy" means:

(A) the property taxes imposed by a county that are not dedicated to the construction and maintenance of farm-to-market roads or to flood control under Article VIII, Section 1-a, of the Texas Constitution or that are not dedicated to the further maintenance of the public roads under Article VIII, Section 9, of the Texas Constitution; and

(B) the sales and use tax revenue to be received by the county during the calendar year in which the state fiscal year begins under Chapter 323, Tax Code, as determined under Section 26.041(d), Tax Code.

(6) "Governmental entity" includes a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state, but does not include a hospital district or hospital authority.

(7) "Hospital district" means a hospital district created under the authority of Article IX, Sections 4-11, of the Texas Constitution.

(8) "Mandated provider" means a person who provides health care services, is selected by a county, public hospital, or hospital district, and agrees to provide health care services to eligible residents, including the primary teaching hospital of a state medical school located in a county which does not have a public hospital or hospital district, and the faculty members practicing in both the inpatient and outpatient care facilities affiliated with the teaching hospital.

(9) "Medicaid" means the medical assistance program provided under Chapter 32, Human Resources Code.

(10) "Public hospital" means a hospital owned, operated, or leased by a governmental entity, except as provided by Section 61.051.

(11) "Service area" means the geographic region in which a governmental entity, public hospital, or hospital district has a legal obligation to provide health care services.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 14, Sec. 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 8.119, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1377, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

TEX HS. CODE ANN. § 61.003 : Texas Statutes - Section 61.003: RESIDENCE

(a) For purposes of this chapter, a person is presumed to be a resident of the governmental entity in which the person's home or fixed place of habitation to which the person intends to return after a temporary absence is located. However, if a person's home or fixed place of habitation is located in a hospital district, the person is presumed to be a resident of that hospital district.

(b) If a person does not have a residence, the person is a resident of the governmental entity or hospital district in which the person intends to reside.

(c) Intent to reside may be evidenced by any relevant information, including:

(1) mail addressed to the person or to the person's spouse or children if the spouse or children live with the person;

(2) voting records;

(3) automobile registration;

(4) Texas driver's license or other official identification;

(5) enrollment of children in a public or private school; or

(6) payment of property tax.

(d) A person is not considered a resident of a governmental entity or hospital district if the person attempted to establish residence solely to obtain health care assistance.

(e) The burden of proving intent to reside is on the person requesting assistance.

(f) For purposes of this chapter, a person who is an inmate or resident of a state school or institution operated by the Texas Department of Corrections, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Texas Youth Commission, Texas School for the Blind, Texas School for the Deaf, or any other state agency or who is an inmate, patient, or resident of a school or institution operated by a federal agency is not considered a resident of a hospital district or of any governmental entity except the state or federal government.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

TEX HS. CODE ANN. § 61.004 : Texas Statutes - Section 61.004: RESIDENCE OR ELIGIBILITY DISPUTE

(a) If a provider of assistance and a governmental entity or hospital district cannot agree on a person's residence or whether a person is eligible for assistance under this chapter, the provider or the governmental entity or hospital district may submit the matter to the department.

(b) The provider of assistance and the governmental entity or hospital district shall submit all relevant information to the department in accordance with the application, documentation, and verification procedures established by the department under Section 61.006.

(c) If the department determines that another governmental entity or hospital district may be involved in the dispute, the department shall notify the governmental entity or hospital district and allow the governmental entity or hospital district to respond.

(d) From the information submitted, the department shall determine the person's residence or whether the person is eligible for assistance under this chapter, as appropriate, and shall notify each governmental entity or hospital district and the provider of assistance of the decision and the reasons for the decision.

(e) If a governmental entity, hospital district, or provider of assistance does not agree with the department's decision, the governmental entity, hospital district, or provider of assistance may file an appeal with the department. The appeal must be filed not later than the 30th day after the date on which the governmental entity, hospital district, or provider of assistance receives notice of the decision.

(f) The department shall issue a final decision not later than the 45th day after the date on which the appeal is filed.

(g) A governmental entity, hospital district, or provider of assistance may appeal the final order of the department under Chapter 2001, Government Code, using the substantial evidence rule on appeal.

(h) Service may not be denied pending an administrative or judicial review of residence.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.95(49), eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1377, Sec. 1.02, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

TEX HS. CODE ANN. § 61.0045 : Texas Statutes - Section 61.0045: INFORMATION NECESSARY TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY

(a) Any provider, including a mandated provider, public hospital, or hospital district, that delivers health care services to a patient who the provider suspects is an eligible resident of the service area of a county, hospital district, or public hospital under this chapter may require the patient to:

(1) provide any information necessary to establish that the patient is an eligible resident of the service area of the county, hospital district, or public hospital; and

(2) authorize the release of any information relating to the patient, including medical information and information obtained under Subdivision (1), to permit the provider to submit a claim to the county, hospital district, or public hospital that is liable for payment for the services as described by Section 61.033 or 61.060.

(b) A county, hospital district, or public hospital that receives information obtained under Subsection (a) shall use the information to determine whether the patient to whom services were provided is an eligible resident of the service area of the county, hospital district, or public hospital and, if so, shall pay the claim made by the provider in accordance with this chapter.

(c) The application, documentation, and verification procedures established by the department for counties under Section 61.006 may include a standard format for obtaining information under Subsection (a) to facilitate eligibility and residence determinations.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1377, Sec. 1.03, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

TEX HS. CODE ANN. § 61.005 : Texas Statutes - Section 61.005: CONTRIBUTION TOWARD COST OF ASSISTANCE

(a) A county, public hospital, or hospital district may request an eligible resident receiving health care assistance under this chapter to contribute a nominal amount toward the cost of the assistance.

(b) The county, public hospital, or hospital district may not deny or reduce assistance to an eligible resident who cannot or refuses to contribute.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

TEX HS. CODE ANN. § 61.006 : Texas Statutes - Section 61.006: STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES

(a) The department shall establish minimum eligibility standards and application, documentation, and verification procedures for counties to use in determining eligibility under this chapter.

(b) The minimum eligibility standards must incorporate a net income eligibility level equal to 21 percent of the federal poverty level based on the federal Office of Management and Budget poverty index.*

*My monthly income is $0.00 this (b) means no one below 27% poverty level can be denied Indigent care for any reason so I must be approved by State Law because I am at 0% poverty level


2010 POVERTY GUIDELINES*

(b-1) Expired.

(b-2) Repealed by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1128, Sec. 7, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

(c) The department shall also define the services and establish the payment standards for the categories of services listed in Sections 61.028(a) and 61.0285 in accordance with Texas Department of Human Services rules relating to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-Medicaid program.

(d) The department shall establish application, documentation, and verification procedures that are consistent with the analogous procedures used to determine eligibility in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-Medicaid program. The department may not adopt a standard or procedure that is more restrictive than the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-Medicaid program or procedures.

(e) The department shall ensure that each person who meets the basic income and resources requirements for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program payments but who is categorically ineligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families will be eligible for assistance under Subchapter

B. Except as provided by Section 61.023(b), the department by rule shall also provide that a person who receives or is eligible to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income, or Medicaid benefits is not eligible for assistance under Subchapter B even if the person has exhausted a part or all of that person's benefits.

(f) The department shall notify each county and public hospital of any change to department rules that affect the provision of services under this chapter.

(g) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), (b), or (c) or any other provision of law, the department shall permit payment to a licensed dentist for services provided under Sections 61.028(a)(4) and (6) if the dentist can provide those services within the scope of the dentist's license.

(h) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), (b), or (c), the department shall permit payment to a licensed podiatrist for services provided under Sections 61.028(a)(4) and (6), if the podiatrist can provide the services within the scope of the podiatrist's license.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1100, Sec. 5.09(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 14, Sec. 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 8.120, eff. Sept. 1, 1995;

TEX HS. CODE ANN. § 61.007 : Texas Statutes - Section 61.007: INFORMATION PROVIDED BY APPLICANT

The department by rule shall require each applicant to provide at least the following information:

(1) the applicant's full name and address;*

(2) the applicant's social security number, if available;*

(3) the number of persons in the applicant's household, excluding persons receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income, or Medicaid benefits;*

(4) the applicant's county of residence;*

(5) the existence of insurance coverage or other hospital or health care benefits for which the applicant is eligible;*

(6) any transfer of title to real property that the applicant has made in the preceding 24 months;*

(7) the applicant's annual household income, excluding the income of any household member receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income, or Medicaid benefits; and*

(8) the amount of the applicant's liquid assets and the equity value of the applicant's car and real property.*

*If you will notice: nothing was nothing said about presenting a current SSI/Medicaid denial from Social Security Administration or a current denial from the Division of Rehabilitative Services, in which Upshur County Indigent Care claims to be there reason of denial.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1377, Sec. 1.04, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

TEX HS. CODE ANN. § 61.008 : Texas Statutes - Section 61.008: ELIGIBILITY RULES

(a) The department by rule shall provide that in determining eligibility:

(1) a county may not consider the value of the applicant's homestead;

(2) a county must consider the equity value of a car that is in excess of the amount exempted under department guidelines as a resource;

(3) a county must subtract the work-related and child care expense allowance allowed under department guidelines;

(4) a county must consider as a resource real property other than a homestead and, except as provided by Subsection (b), must count that property in determining eligibility; and

(5) if an applicant transferred title to real property for less than market value to become eligible for assistance under this chapter, the county may not credit toward eligibility for state assistance an expenditure for that applicant made during a two-year period beginning on the date on which the property is transferred.

(b) A county may disregard the applicant's real property if the applicant agrees to an enforceable obligation to reimburse the county for all or part of the benefits received under this chapter. The county and the applicant may negotiate the terms of the obligation.

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

 

Due to limited space on this blog post I had to split this up get the message across.

Please go to blog post Upshur County Indigent Care 3 to continue your reading.

This will begin with the

Texas Statutes - Subchapter B: COUNTY RESPONSIBILITY FOR PERSONS NOT RESIDING IN AN AREA SERVED BY A PUBLIC HOSPITAL OR HOSPITAL DISTRICT

 

 

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