Y'all, I don't know why it took so long for HHSC to put its foot down about SB25 and SB572 since these bills have been in effect since Sept 1, 2021. Actually, my pants are on fire. I do know the reason.
HHSC has been waiting on the new permanent rules to go into the Texas Administrative Code that function under those laws. I understand but I am very disappointed with how little has been mentioned in the long-term care environment regarding the essential caregiver statute AND constitutional amendment when discussions take place about resident rights. I still feel now and then like I'm shouting into a void.
Nevertheless, HHSC did just issue PL 2022-13, an official provider ANNOUNCEMENT letter to long-term care facilities, with information on new permanent rules implementing Senate Bill (S.B.) 25 and Senate Bill (S.B.) 572, 87th Legislature, Regular Session, 2021 as new Chapter 570.