April 8, 2021 - 1:00pm

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Location:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted online virtually using Microsoft Teams only.  There is not a physical location for this meeting.
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Closed captioning for this meeting is available.  Viewers are asked to highlight the closed captioning symbol "cc" on the bottom of their viewing screen to enable this function. 
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 November 20, 2020
  4. Review of 2020 Sickle Cell Task Force Annual Report
  5. Review of Medicaid and CHIP Sickle Cell Disease Report, T-MSIS Analytic Files 2017
  6. Medicaid Contracts Subcommittee Reporting
  7. Sickle Cell Surveillance Subcommittee Reporting
  8. Public Awareness Campaigns Subcommittee Reporting
  9. Review of Task Force Milestones
  10. Development of Recommendations for the 2021 Sickle Cell Task Force Annual Report
  11. Public Comment
  12. 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 disease and related disorders. Members of the public who would like to provide written or oral public comment are asked to complete a Public Comment form here.

Members of the public who would like to provide written public comment to DSHS may email the comments to Aimee Millangue at Aimee.Millangue@dshs.texas.gov no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 5, 2021.  Please include your name and the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen. Staff will not read written comments aloud during the meeting, but comments will be forwarded to State staff and committee members for their consideration. Comments should not include confidential information or protected health information.

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. Registration should be completed no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 5, 2021.  Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section during the meeting to submit a request to provide public comment. The request must contain your name and either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen as well as your direct phone number. Do not include confidential information or protected health information in comments.

Public comment is limited to three minutes.  Each speaker must state their name, affiliation, and either the organization they are representing or that they are speaking as a private citizen. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible PDF format. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Handouts must be emailed to DSHS staff immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting. Do not include confidential information or protected health information in comments. Staff will not read written comments aloud during the meeting, but comments will be provided to members of the Task Force and State staff.

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.