Contents tagged with Texas Legislature

  • CMS decision to rescind Texas’ Medicaid waiver extension rekindles bipartisan effort for coverage expansion

    Tags: Texas Legislature, 1115 waiver, Medicaid expansion, Medicaid

    By Jonathan Nelson

    After the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it would pull out of an agreement to extend the Texas Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver for 10 years, a bipartisan group of Texas House members joined health care organizations including TAFP, employers, and advocacy groups to push for a plan that would increase coverage for Texans.

    The 1115 waiver allows hospitals to draw down federal funds to cover uncompensated care costs incurred when uninsured patients can’t pay for their care. While CMS subsidizes those costs for hospitals, community physicians are not covered by the waiver. The state’s current waiver remains in effect until Sept. 30, 2022, but this recent decision by CMS throws into question the stability of Texas’ health care safety net programs after that date.

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  • House speaker introduces initiative to improve health care access for Texans

    Tags: Texas Legislature, legislative session, scope of practice, nurse practitioner, transparency, Marshall Plan

    By Jonathan Nelson

    Speaker Dade Phelan led a bipartisan group of representatives in announcing support for a number of bills to address access to health care during a press conference at the State Capitol on April 7, 2021. The Healthy Families, Healthy Texas plan marks a serious commitment to tackle some longstanding barriers to care facing Texas patients.

    “The goal of this legislative package is to make health care more affordable, more accessible, and to save lives through better health outcomes,” Phelan said.

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