Medicaid Woes Subject of House Committee Hearing

At a Monday hearing on the implementation of Medicaid managed care in South Texas, lawmakers got a much bigger earful on the consequences of difficult budget decisions they made in the last legislative session.

In an effort to curb costs last session, lawmakers expanded Medicaid managed care, the health plan that oversees care for impoverished Texans, to South Texas, the border region and previously underserved areas. They made two other budget-saving moves: reducing state reimbursement rates to providers who care for "dual-eligible" patients — people who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare — and crafting a health budget that did not account ...

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