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Texas awaits approval of enhanced FMAP HCBS spending plan

| Jul 15, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) submitted its $287 million Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) spending plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday, taking advantage of a temporary increase in Federal Matching Assistance Percentages (FMAP) provided through the American Rescue Plan Act.  ...[ Read More ]

Governor Abbott, HHSC announce $210 million in federal emergency funding for behavioral health services

| Jul 14, 2021 | Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is receiving more than $210 million in federal emergency grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for mental health and substance use disorder services to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The State of Texas...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Special session, COVER Now Act, Physician mental health

| Jul 14, 2021 | Texas

While DJ is out trying to get in a well-deserved vacation, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in Texas and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

What's the timeline for HHSC's 1115 waiver extension request submission?

| Jul 14, 2021 | Texas

Two weeks after the end of the state public comment period for Texas’s Medicaid 1115 waiver extension application -- the previous version of which was rescinded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in April -- the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is preparing to send...[ Read More ]

Democrats file bills to expand Medicaid during Texas's special session

| Jul 12, 2021 | Texas

Texas’s special session kicked off Thursday, and Republicans -- led by Gov. Greg Abbott -- are planning to push through several of Abbott’s stalled priority bills including legislation on voting regulations, abortion restrictions, and critical race theory. However, Democrats are using the opportunity to continue their calls for Texas to...[ Read More ]

Could new federal bill be a "step in the right direction" for Texas Medicaid?

| Jul 2, 2021 | Texas

Last month, Texas US Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett unveiled a bill that would give communities in his district -- and other underinsured communities like it across the US -- a new avenue to pursue Medicaid expansion. He announced the legislation alongside 40 other House members from states that haven’t expanded...[ Read More ]

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