|(a) Statutory authority. The Texas Human Resources
Code §32.022 and 42 C.F.R. §431.12 require HHSC to establish
the Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC).
(b) Purpose. The MCAC advises HHSC about health and
medical care services. In particular, the MCAC provides input on:
(1) developing and maintaining the Medicaid program;
(2) immediate and long-range plans for reaching the
Medicaid goal of providing access to high quality, comprehensive medical
and health care services to medically indigent persons in the state;
(3) possible changes in the eligibility-determination
process to ensure that qualified applicants receive services.
(c) Tasks. The MCAC advises the Executive Commissioner
and HHSC on:
(1) development and maintenance of the Medicaid program;
(2) long-range plans for providing access to high quality,
comprehensive medical and health care services to medically indigent
persons in the state;
(3) the process HHSC uses to determine eligibility;
(4) all other issues as requested by the Executive
(d) Reporting requirements. The MCAC submits reports
in accordance with statutory requirements and as requested by the
(e) Abolition. The MCAC is required by federal regulations
and will continue as long as the federal law that requires it remains
(1) The Executive Commissioner appoints the members
of the MCAC in compliance with federal requirements. The appointments
provide for a balanced representation of the general public, providers,
consumers, and other persons, state agencies, or groups with knowledge
of and interest in the MCAC's field of work.
(2) Each member serves at the will of the Executive
(g) Presiding officer.
(1) The MCAC selects a presiding officer from among
(2) Unless reelected, the presiding officer serves
a term of one year.
(h) Subcommittees. The Hospital Payment Advisory Committee
exists as a standing subcommittee of the MCAC.