Public Information and Notices
The Hamilton County Hospital District Board of Directors will generally meet at 12:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month in the Board Room of Hamilton General Hospital, 400 North Brown, Hamilton, Texas, unless postponed or canceled. All meetings of the Board, including the agenda and the posting of items to be considered, shall be held in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code sections 551.001, et seq.
The Hamilton County Hospital District follows the guidelines of Texas Tax Code in the establishment of tax rates.
The Hamilton County Hospital District Board of Directors submitted revisions to the District’s enabling legislation to the 82nd Texas Legislature in December 2010.
The Hamilton County Hospital District was created in 1987, with minor revisions made in 1989. Because no changes had been made for over 20 years, the district modernized its governing statutes mainly to update language and references to outside statutes.
The substantive revisions are as follows:
- Allow for an election to expand the district’s territory if petitioned by voters of a defined territory that is not included in the district.
- Revise provisions regarding the district’s territory, including the revision of how directors are elected.
- Revise election notice procedures to follow the Election Code.
- Authorize the district to issue bonds payable from a pledge of taxes and revenues – any bonds supported by taxes must be approved by an election of the voters.
- Authorize the district to borrow money from a bank for short term purposes.
- Add a provision for a dissolution process.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received federal approval of a waiver that allows the state to expand Medicaid managed care while preserving hospital funding, provides incentive payments for health care improvements and directs more funding to hospitals that serve large numbers of uninsured patients.
Planning and implementation of Waiver activities will be achieved through Regional Healthcare Partnerships (RHPs) based on geographical location and patient flow. Each RHP will devise and submit a Regional Healthcare Plan with a common goal of re-shaping health care within their communities by improving access to the high quality affordable care. The plan will identify the participating partners, community needs, proposed projects and funding distribution.