Texas Task Force on Indigent Health Care:
An Inventory of Research Files at the Texas State Archives, 1977-1985
On September 30, 1983, Texas Governor Mark White, Lieutenant Governor William Hobby, and Speaker of the House Gib Lewis announced the creation of the Task Force on Indigent Health Care. This Task Force was designed to examine the problems of providing health care to indigent Texans, and to make appropriate recommendations to the 69th Legislature. The Task Force was assigned five areas of study and action: determining eligibility criteria for indigents, defining the scope of services, developing an administrative structure to implement the programs, developing methods of finance, and recommending a pilot program approach for 1985-1986. The 75 members of the Task Force included elected officials (who formed the Executive Committee), health care providers, administrators, and citizen consumers. As a result of the Task Force's recommendations, the 69th Legislature passed a number of laws aimed at reforming indigent health care.
Types of records include reports, research papers, speeches, copies of laws, magazine and journal articles, and newspaper clippings. The records date from 1977 to 1985. These records are the data files compiled by the Texas Task Force on Indigent Health Care to do research on health issues affecting indigent care. Most of these records are printed or from published sources; there are few original records. These research materials were gathered from a number of sources on a wide range of health care topics. Records include in-house reports prepared by the staff of the Task Force, such as National and Texas Health Statistics and Administration of Texas Medicaid Program. Other records collected by the Task Force were prepared by the Department of Health, the Sunset Advisory Commission, the Department of Public Welfare, and other State of Texas agencies. Records were also gathered from private groups in Texas, such as the Women's Council of Dallas County, and from private and government sources in other states and nationally.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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(Identify the item), Research files, Texas Task Force on Indigent Health Care. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 1993/150
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Health on April 20, 1993.
Paul B. Beck, July 1993
Detailed Description of the Records