Dual Eligible Payments to Be Partially Restored in 2013

Health care providers in Texas who treat dual eligible patients — those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits — will get some relief in 2013. 

This week, state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, took physicians and hospital officials from the Rio Grande Valley to meet with state leaders in Austin, with the goal of getting state health leaders to restore full payment of dual eligible patients' $140 Medicare deductible.

The delegation came away with an agreement to reinstate the deductible starting Jan. 1, 2013, state officials confirmed.

Elderly poor account for most of Texas' dual eligible patients — those old enough ...

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