August 31, 2020 - 1:00pm

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Location:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams only.  There is not a physical location for this meeting.

Join the meeting here. Attendees who would like to provide public comment should see the Public Comment section below.

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Task Force Logistical Announcements
  3. Review and approval of meeting minutes from June 12, 2020
  4. Task Force Milestone Development Subcommittee Reporting
  5. Public Awareness Campaigns Subcommittee Reporting
  6. Medicaid Contracts Subcommittee Reporting
  7. Legislatively Mandated Report
    1. Subcommittee Reporting
    2. Review and approval
  8. Public Comment
  9. Future agenda items/Next meeting date/Adjournment

The task force may take action on any agenda item.

Public Comment: The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to sickle cell, and related disorders. Members of the public who would like to provide public comment are asked to complete a Public Comment Form here. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this process by providing written public comment to DSHS by emailing Aimee Millangue at Aimee.Millangue@dshs.texas.gov no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 27, 2020.  Please include your name and the organization you are representing, or if you are speaking as a private citizen. Written comments are limited to three minutes and will be read during the meeting for consideration by the Task Force.

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the registration form.  Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you with the information about joining the meeting. Registration must be completed no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 27, 2020. Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section to submit a request to provide public comment. The request must contain your name and the organization you are representing, or if you are speaking as a private citizen as well as your direct phone number.

Public comment is limited to 3 minutes.  Speakers must state their name, affiliation, and whom they are speaking on behalf of. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible pdf format that will be distributed by HHS staff to Task Force members, State staff and for public distribution. Handouts are limited to two (2) pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only) of documentation. Handouts must be emailed to DSHS immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting.

Contact:  Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Aimee Millangue, Newborn Screening Unit, Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Aimee.Millangue@dshs.texas.gov, 512-776-3386.

This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

People with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and require assistive technology or services should contact Aimee Millangue, at Aimee.Millangue@dshs.texas.gov, or 512-776-3386 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made