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Another 10 years for Texas's 1115 waiver? Experts say it's unlikely

| Jun 2, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) inclusion of another 10-year extension in its Medicaid 1115 waiver extension request is unlikely to receive approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), according to some experts following the waiver. If CMS approves the extension, they are likely to...[ Read More ]

Q&A: NAMI Texas executive director Greg Hansch on mental health advocacy

| May 28, 2021 | Texas

Although mental health awareness month is coming to an end, Texans need mental and behavioral health support year-round. Greg Hansch, executive director of the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) Texas, has led numerous policy advocacy initiatives and outreach efforts at NAMI Texas since his start in 2012.  In this...[ Read More ]

Texas stakeholders disagree on out-of-pocket insulin costs for the insured

| May 28, 2021 | Texas

After SB 827 passed the Legislature Monday, the bill was met with praise from lawmakers in both parties, as the state is now one step closer to capping copays on insulin for insured Texans. The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) is the sole opposed organization and has lobbied against...[ Read More ]

Texas Legislature poised to pass telehealth expansion

| May 26, 2021 | Texas

Texas will likely soon implement broad telehealth expansion across the state -- a bipartisan priority for legislators and central goal for Gov. Greg Abbott. HB 4, a bill that would make the telehealth expansions put in place by the pandemic permanent, unanimously passed its second chamber Monday.     If...[ Read More ]

Pending Abbott's approval, Texas may soon join Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

| May 21, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Senate voted Friday to have the state join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), paving the way for Gov. Greg Abbott to sign the bill into law. If Abbott signs HB 1616, Texas will become the 30th state to enter the interstate compact designed to facilitate interstate medical...[ Read More ]

HHSC announces plan to submit identical 1115 waiver extension application

| May 20, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced this week that it plans to submit an application to the federal government to renew its recently rescinded Medicaid 1115 waiver. The announcement came after lawmakers approved an amendment to the state budget requiring Texas to reapply for the waiver. The...[ Read More ]

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