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Update: The status of Medicaid managed care legislation in Texas

Emily Viles | May 14, 2019 | Texas

Over the past several weeks, Texas has been considering many bills which seek to provide additional protections to Medicaid Managed Care recipients. We have been tracking the progress of one of the largest and most expensive reforms introduced.     House Bill 2453, which would’ve created more protections for low-income...[ Read More ]

Texas electronic cigarette legislation dies in committee

Emily Viles | May 10, 2019 | Texas

This session, Texas lawmakers introduced several bills aimed at creating stricter requirements on e-cigarette purchases.     Senate Bill 1332, sponsored by Senator Nathan Johnson, would hold electronic cigarettes and vaping devices to the same regulatory standards as other tobacco products. The bill would impose a 5 cent per millimeter...[ Read More ]

J.D. Power's Commercial Member Health Plan report finds variance in satisfaction by state

Emily Viles | May 9, 2019 | California, Colorado, Texas

Thursday morning, J.D. Power released its 2019 Commercial Member Health Plan Study. The report tracks customer satisfaction with commercial health plans throughout the United States and analyzes current challenges across the market. The report uses several metrics to track satisfaction: billing and payment; cost; coverage and benefits; customer service; information...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: HHSC budgets, Dianne Longley, MCO accountability

| May 8, 2019 | Texas

With luck, we are nearing the home stretch for the 2019 legislative session. It's one that saw more progress on health policy than some might have thought when we convened our Austin event in February. With the session almost done, and as we plan for our Dallas event in September, I'm sure we'll still...[ Read More ]

Texas HHS supplemental budget proposals: House vs. Senate

Sara Gentzler | May 7, 2019 | Texas

Both chambers of the Texas Legislature have passed their version of a supplemental appropriations bill, and a conference committee is now in place to negotiate a final deal. The proposals each dedicate almost the same amount of state funding to Health and Human Services (HHS) in the budget, but the...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Dianne Longley

Sara Gentzler | May 6, 2019 | Texas

Dianne Longley is a Managing Principal at Health Management Associates. She joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss the social determinants of health. "In general, we're looking at things like social determinants of health: How we can do better at care integration, working with that most...[ Read More ]

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