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Policy expert says Build Back Better Act could help fill coverage gap, but not likely to incentivize Medicaid expansion in Texas

| Dec 9, 2021 | Texas

According to Joan Alker, executive director and co-founder of Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families, the Biden administration’s Build Back Better legislation presents a promising opportunity to help insure Texans who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap.     A specific provision in the Build Back Better Act would temporarily...[ 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 ]

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 ]

Texas House strikes down health care expansion effort in budget hearing

| Apr 22, 2021 | Texas

After hearing an impassioned speech from Rep. Garnet Coleman in support of one of his several amendments to the Senate budget bill, the Texas House rejected Coleman’s amendment that would have directed the state to use a Medicaid 1115 waiver to maximize federal funds to expand coverage in Texas.  ...[ Read More ]

The difference between Medicaid 1115 waivers and Medicaid expansion in Texas

| Apr 22, 2021 | Texas

You may have seen recent news articles about federal Medicaid 1115 waivers and Medicaid expansion in Texas. If fact, recent news reports showed that federal waivers in Texas had been cancelled by the new administration in Washington. The Medicaid waiver provides funds to hospitals to offset their costs for treating...[ Read More ]