SACC supports HB 2365
Jeff Fair, Vice President of Cybersecurity and Economic Development at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, testified yesterday in support of House Bill 2365, relating to the participation and reimbursement of certain military medical treatment facilities and affiliated health care providers under Medicaid. HB 2365 helps safeguard a vital program within our military medical community, specifically the Level 1 Trauma Center at Brooke Army Medical Center, which provides the highest level of care for our military service members, families, veterans, and civilian patients who find themselves in need of well trained and ready trauma assistance. BAMC provides support to 22 counties in Southwest Texas, covering more than 26,000 square miles and servicing more than 2.2 million people and is an integral component of military-civilian medical partnerships throughout the region.
HB 2365 offers an important state exemption for Brooke Army Medical Center to become a participating Medicaid provider. The legislation aims to remedy the ongoing billing and collection issue for Brooke Army Medical Center related to the State’s Uncompensated Trauma Care funding program enacted by House Bill (HB) 3588 from the 78th Texas Legislature. Approximately 85% of trauma patients treated at BAMC are Civilians, with their care being provided under the provision of the United States Army’s Secretarial Designee (SECDES) program. Solving the ongoing Civilian Trauma Billing and Collections issue in our Military Treatment Facilities would greatly benefit both Texas Citizens who receive unparalleled care, but also would work to ensure the ongoing lifesaving medical procedures continue which positively impact our Nation’s treasure of military personnel worldwide.