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The war against freestanding ERs continues

| Mar 24, 2017 | Texas

We said previously there was a veritable "war against freestanding ERs" taking place as part of this year's legislative session in Austin. Not only is that fight continuing, it shows all the signs of spilling over past the legislative session, regardless of how various pieces of legislation targeting the industry...[ Read More ]

Guest column: Independence and free market under attack in Texas

| Mar 23, 2017 | Texas

Editor's note: Dr. de Moor contacted us after our recent coverage of the freestanding ER issue in the Texas legislature. We invited her to submit a column to provide additional perspective from freestanding ER practitioners. State of Reform strives to be a neutral venue -- both at our conferences and our...[ Read More ]

Column: AHCA could ravage funding for Medicaid in Texas

| Mar 22, 2017 | Texas

On Thursday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the AHCA would end the enhanced Medicaid federal funding for future expansion populations, beginning in 2020, and transition the...[ Read More ]

The war against freestanding ERs

| Mar 17, 2017 | Texas

With all the attention in Austin on state budget battles, Medicaid, and the impact of changing the ACA, there has been little attention on the steady legislative push against freestanding ERs in Texas. For months we've heard consistently from a number of stakeholders, including consumer advocates, health insurers, and even some providers...[ Read More ]

State opportunity to innovate in Medicaid is there for the taking

| Mar 15, 2017 | Alaska, Federal, Hawaii, Texas

Yesterday HHS released a letter to Governors from Secretary Tom Price and freshly sworn-in CMS Administrator Seema Verma, inviting states to take steps to innovate on Medicaid. The letter creates a clear opportunity for states who have been wanting to try new things in the program to do so: We...[ Read More ]

Hancock, Smithee Legislation Would Grant State Authority To Protect Texans Against Price-Gouging in Emergency Medical Situations

| Mar 14, 2017 | Texas

AUSTIN— Yesterday, the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, applauded Texas Senator Kelly Hancock and House Rep. John Smithee’s introduction of legislation (SB 2064 and HB 3867) to protect Texans from price-gouging for emergency care provided by...[ Read More ]