Proposed Rules

Formal Comments via the Texas Register

To let the public know about a rulemaking action – such as new, amended or repealed rules – HHS publishes a notice in the Texas Register, a publication of the Texas Secretary of State. Interested parties then can review and comment on the proposed rule. The Secretary of State publishes a new issue of the Texas Register each Friday.

The Administrative Procedure Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001) requires the notice published in the Texas Register to include a brief explanation of the proposed rule and a request for comments from any interested person. The notice also includes instructions for submitting comments regarding the rule to the agency, including the date by which comments must be submitted. Agencies must give interested persons "a reasonable opportunity" to submit comments. The public comment period begins on the day after the notice of a proposed rule is published in the Texas Register and lasts for a minimum of 30 calendar days.

Below is a list of proposed rules that have been published in the Texas Register. The proposed rules that are published in the Texas Register are open for public comment until the end of the comment period.
Title Project No., Description Contact Comment End Date
#20R124: Diagnostic Assessment
HHSC IDD Services
8/30/21
#20R124: Diagnostic Assessment
HHSC IDD Services
8/30/21
#20R130: Behavioral Health Services Disaster Rules
HHS Rules Coordination Office
8/30/21
#21R059: Medicaid Bed Reallocation
HHSC LTCR Rules
8/23/21
#21R034: Texas Environmental Lead Reduction
DSHS Environmental Hazards Branch
8/16/21
#21R007: Drug Utilization Review Board and Conflict of Interest
HHSC Rules Coordination Office
8/16/21
#21R093: e-Health Advisory Committee (eHAC)
HHSC Rules Coordination Office
8/16/21
#21R041: Infection Control Requirements, Consent for Antipsychotic Medications, and Facility Construction Rule Clarification
Kayla Lail
8/16/21
#20R012: Facility Inspections and Investigations
HHS Health Care Regulation
8/9/21
#20R011: Psychiatric Hospitals
HHS Health Care Regulation
8/9/21
#20R012: Facility Inspections and Investigations
HHS Health Care Regulation
8/9/21
#20R012: Facility Inspections and Investigations
HHS Health Care Regulation
8/9/21
#20R012: Facility Inspections and Investigations
HHS Health Care Regulation
8/9/21
#21R108: Hospital Augmented Reimbursement Program (HARP)
HHSC Provider Finance for Hospitals
8/6/21

Draft Rules

Informal Comments

Informal opportunities to comment occur before a rule is published in the Texas Register. HHS staff may solicit informal public and stakeholder input by:

  • inviting stakeholders to submit comments on potential rule changes during rule development.
  • sharing a draft rule with stakeholders for review.
  • using existing HHS advisory committees to comment on rules.

The following are draft rules on which HHS is accepting informal public or stakeholder input. All rules are posted in MS Word format unless otherwise noted.

Title Project No. Contact Comment Start Date Comment End Date
Title 26, Chapter 748, concerning comprehensive review of Minimum Standards for General Residential Operations
#20R102
HHS Child Care Regulation 7/12/21
8/6/21
Title 26, Chapter 749, concerning comprehensive review of Minimum Standards for Child-Placing Agencies
#20R103
HHS Child Care Regulation 7/12/21
8/6/21

Comment on Proposed & Draft Rules