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Report: Acting On Medicaid Is Key Issue For Texas Legislature

“Code Red Texas” says because the legislature only meets every two years, expanding Medicaid next session is important.

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State legislators have chosen not to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act. But Texans will still pay billions of dollars in federal taxes that support expanding Medicaid in other states.

Charles Begley is a professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He spoke at a recent Code Red event at Rice University.

“We strongly believe that the Legislature needs to act on some kind of Texas solution, Texas prescription for expanding coverage,” said Begley.

Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation. When patients can’t afford pay their medical bills, hospitals don’t get reimbursed. Code Red wants the state to extend a Medicaid waiver that provides federal funding for that uncompensated care. The waiver is set to expire in 20-16. If legislators don’t renew it, Begley says it could cost the state billions.

“Since the legislature only meets every two years, we need legislation to endorse that extension out of this session.”

Begley says the nonpartisan group’s mission is to inform the legislature. The 84th Texas Legislative session begins on Monday. 

 

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