Tribpedia: Medicaid

Fight Over Medicaid Expansion

The state's top Republican leaders joined forces on Monday in their opposition to expanding Medicaid. Gov. Rick Perry said Medicaid is broken, and adding more Texans to the rolls would eventually bankrupt the state. Advocates for expanding Medicaid say it would be a cost-effective way to bring down the state's high uninsured population, largely on the federal dime.  

Laura Romero plays with her daughter Brooklyn, who has Cerebral Palsy, during the open house and tour of Seton's new Children's Comprehensive Care Clinic in Austin, Texas.
Laura Romero plays with her daughter Brooklyn, who has Cerebral Palsy, during the open house and tour of Seton's new Children's Comprehensive Care Clinic in Austin, Texas.

Austin Clinic Tests Effectiveness of Coordinating Care

A pilot program at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin hopes to show that coordinating care for medically needy children improves the quality of care and reduces costs. It might serve as an example of how the Medicaid waiver Texas received in 2011 could transform health care delivery.

The Texas Tribune Festival 2012 Opening Session: A Conversation with Gov. Rick Perry and Evan Smith, Sept. 21, 2012.
The Texas Tribune Festival 2012 Opening Session: A Conversation with Gov. Rick Perry and Evan Smith, Sept. 21, 2012.

Perry Asks Delegation to Push for Medicaid Flexibility

Ahead of his Thursday speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference, Gov. Rick Perry has sent a letter to members of Texas' congressional delegation asking them to fight for flexibility for the state's Medicaid program. 

 

 

House Speaker Joe Straus (l) shakes the hand of State Rep. Jim Pitts (r), R-Waxahachie, after the House passed HB1 the state budget, 97-53 late on May 28, 2011.
House Speaker Joe Straus (l) shakes the hand of State Rep. Jim Pitts (r), R-Waxahachie, after the House passed HB1 the state budget, 97-53 late on May 28, 2011.

House Sends Medicaid IOU Bill to Perry

House members unanimously approved a bill largely devoted to addressing a shortfall in Medicaid. Health providers for poor children and the disabled in Texas won't get paid starting Thursday unless Gov. Rick Perry signs the bill soon.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/4/13

The results of the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll on everything from the top race of 2014 to the gun debate, Aaronson on Medicaid expansion, Aguilar on a financial thaw in the Mexican oil patch, Batheja on cents and sensibility, M. Smith on school choice, Rocha and Dehn on TWIA reform, Galbraith on water and fracking, Murphy’s interactive map of poverty in the state, E. Smith's TribLive interview with House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock and Root on a lobby couple living large and reporting small: The best of our best content from March 4-8, 2013.

February 27th TribLive event with Emily Ramshaw, Rep. John Zerwas R-Fulshear and Sen. Charles Schwertner R-Georgetown
February 27th TribLive event with Emily Ramshaw, Rep. John Zerwas R-Fulshear and Sen. Charles Schwertner R-Georgetown

GOP Lawmakers to Stick With Perry on Medicaid Expansion

Two key Republicans legislators — both of them doctors — say they're sticking with Gov. Rick Perry’s position that Texas will reject the Medicaid expansion provision of federal health reform, despite a rising tide of Republican governors who are embracing it.

 

Interfaith groups from across Texas and Democratic state legislators rally in support of Medicaid expansion during a press conference held outside of the Capitol in Austin, Texas.
Interfaith groups from across Texas and Democratic state legislators rally in support of Medicaid expansion during a press conference held outside of the Capitol in Austin, Texas.

Interfaith Groups Rally for Medicaid Expansion

Despite Gov. Rick Perry's unwavering position, interfaith groups and Democrat state legislators rallied on the Capitol steps on Wednesday in support of expanding Medicaid to impoverished adults, as directed by federal health reform.

Rep. Jim Pitts R-Waxahachie, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, listens to Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer D-San Antonio on February 11th, 2013
Rep. Jim Pitts R-Waxahachie, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, listens to Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer D-San Antonio on February 11th, 2013

House Might Restore Some Education Budget Cuts

Members of the Texas House are in talks to add some money to public education in the current two-year budget. The Texas Legislature cut $5.4 billion from education last session. Budget writers say nearly $1 billion could be added to the current budget without triggering a constitutional limit on spending.