Law:Title 2. Health. Subtitle E. Health Care Councils And Resource Centers from Chapter 107. Health Disparities Task Force (Texas)

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Subtitle E. Health Care Councils And Resource Centers

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Chapter 107. Health Disparities Task Force

Section 107.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Commission" means the Health and Human Services Commission.

(2)  "Executive commissioner" means the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission.

(3)  "Health and human services agency" means a health and human services agency listed by Section 531.001, Government Code.

(4)  "Task force" means the health disparities task force established under this chapter.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 222, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section 107.002.  Purpose.

The purpose of the task force is to assist the commission in accomplishing the following goals:

(1)  to eliminate health and health access disparities in Texas among racial, multicultural, disadvantaged, ethnic, and regional populations; and

(2)  to structure health and human services agency programs to eliminate health and health access disparities.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 222, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section 107.003.  Duties.

(a) The task force shall:

(1)  investigate and report on issues related to health and health access disparities among racial, multicultural, disadvantaged, ethnic, and regional populations;

(2)  develop short-term and long-term strategies to eliminate health and health access disparities among racial, multicultural, disadvantaged, ethnic, and regional populations, with a focus on structuring health and human services agency programs to eliminate those disparities;

(3)  monitor the progress of each health and human services agency in:

(A)  eliminating health and health access disparities; and

(B)  structuring the agency's program activities to eliminate the disparities; and

(4)  advise each health and human services agency on the implementation of any targeted programs or funding authorized by the legislature to address health and health access disparities.

(b)  In performing the duties described in Subsection (a), the task force shall consult with each health and human services agency, the Office for the Elimination of Health Disparities, and any other relevant division of the commission.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 222, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section 107.004.  Report.

The task force shall submit a biennial report on the progress of each health and human services agency in accomplishing the goals described by Section 107.002 to the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house of representatives.  This report may be combined with any other report required of the commission by law.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1293, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 222, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  107.005.  Composition.

(a) The task force consists of nine members as follows:

(1)  three members appointed by the governor, each of whom represents a different interest described by Subsection (b);

(2)  three members appointed by the lieutenant governor, each of whom represents a different interest described by Subsection (b); and

(3)  three members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, each of whom represents a different interest described by Subsection (b).

(b)  Each of the members appointed under Subsection (a) must represent one of the following areas:

(1)  business;

(2)  labor;

(3)  government;

(4)  charitable or community organizations;

(5)  racial or ethnic populations; or

(6)  community-based health organizations.

(c)  Members appointed under Subsection (a) must represent both urban and rural areas of this state, including urban and rural areas of the state adjacent to the border with the United Mexican States.

(d)  The governor shall designate a member of the committee to serve as presiding officer.

(e)  Members serve staggered two-year terms. Four or five members' terms expire February 1 of each year.

(f)  An appointment to fill a vacancy for the unexpired term of a member shall be made not later than the 90th day after the date the position becomes vacant.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  107.006.  Meetings.

The task force shall meet at the call of the presiding officer.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  107.007.  Reimbursement For Expenses.

A task force member is not entitled to compensation but is entitled to reimbursement for the member's travel expenses as provided by Chapter 660, Government Code, and the General Appropriations Act.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section 107.008.  Personnel And Facilities.

The task force is administratively attached to the commission.  The commission shall provide the necessary staff and facilities to assist the task force in performing its duties.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 222, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  107.009.  Applicability Of Other Law.

Chapter 2110, Government Code, does not apply to the task force.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1434, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.


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