September 15, 2020 - 9:00am

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Meeting 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, Logistical announcement and Roll call
  2. Approval of the June 16, 2020, minutes
  3. Neonatal and maternal designation programs – Department of State Health Services
  4. Actions item topics from September 16, 2020, PAC meeting
    1. Statewide database
    2. Back/Home transfers as a Medicaid benefit
    3. “Rule guidance document”
  5. Senate Bill 749, 86th Leg., R.S. (2019) topics
    1. Waivers
    2. Appeals process
    3. Telemedicine
  6. Levels of care rule discussion
  7. Public comment
  8. Adjourn

The committee may take any action on any agenda item.

Public Comment The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to Neonatal and Maternal levels of care designation programs for Texas hospitals. 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 HHSC by sending an  email to: no later than 5:00 p.m., September 11, 2020. Please include your name and either the organization you are representing or that 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 Council.

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the Public Comment form.  Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you.  Registration should be completed no later than 5:00 p.m., September 11, 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, either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number.

Public comment is limited to three minutes. Speakers must state their name and on whose behalf they are speaking. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible pdf format that will be distributed by HHSC staff to Committee members, state staff, and the public. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Handouts must be emailed to 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 David Williams, Council Coordinator, Health and Human Services Commission, 512-380-4374, or

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

Persons who want to attend the meeting and require assistive technology or services should contact Williams at 512-380-4374 or at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.