Comment on Proposed & Draft Rules

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To let the public know about a rulemaking action – such as new, amended or repealed rules – HHS publishes a notice in the Texas Register, a publication of the Texas Secretary of State.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.

Title Project No. / Description Contact Comment End Date
#22R026: In-Patient and In-Person Visitation During a Public Health Emergency and Certain Periods of Disaster HHS Health Care Regulation 7/25/22
#22R026: In-Patient and In-Person Visitation During a Public Health Emergency and Certain Periods of Disaster HHS Health Care Regulation 7/25/22
#21R111: Behavioral Health Advisory Committee HHS Rules Coordination Office 7/25/22
#21R135: Sickle Cell Advisory Committee and Sickle Cell Task Force DSHS Newborn Screening Unit 7/25/22
#22R098: Vital Statistics Security Paper Requirements HHS Rules Coordination Office 7/18/22
#22R023: Signatures for Medicaid Home Health Services HHS Rules Coordination Office 7/11/22
#21R109: Texas Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics HHS Rules Coordination Office 7/11/22
#22R021: Diabetes Registry DSHS Diabetes Prevention and Control Program 7/11/22
#21R050: Texas HIV Medication Program DSHS TB/HIV/STD Section 7/11/22
#22R022: Dialysis Protocol for Emergency Medical Services Providers DSHS EMS-Trauma Systems 7/11/22
#22R004: Farmers' Markets DSHS Consumer Protection Division 7/11/22
#22R032: Prices and Fees Charged by Certain Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facilities HHS Health Care Regulation’s Policy and Rules Unit 7/5/22
#22R032: Prices and Fees Charged by Certain Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facilities HHS Health Care Regulation’s Policy and Rules Unit 7/5/22

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.
Title Project No. / Description Contact Comment End Date
Title 26, Chapter 307, new Subchapter E, Children’s Mental Health--Residential Treatment Center Project #21R061 Naomi Perez 7/8/22
Title 25, Chapter 101, Sections 101.1 – 101.4, 101.7, 101.10 amendment; Sections 101.5, 101.6 repeal concerning Tobacco; and Listing of Ingredients in Tobacco Products Reporting form #22R071 DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch 7/5/22
Title 1, Chapter 366, Subchapter D, Sections 366.403, 366.405, 366.409, concerning Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer #22R015 Carissa Dougherty 6/27/22
Title 26, Chapter 371, Sections 371.1, 371.3, 371.5, 371.7, 371.9, 371.11, 371.13, 371.15, concerning Breast and Cervical Cancer Services #22R015 Carissa Dougherty 6/27/22