142016Oct
Waiver Update

Waiver Update

Following last month’s Newsletter reported waiver trifecta: UC report release; disallowance; and request for Texas to resubmit its 1115 waiver; this past month has been relatively calm. We do have some answers to some of the trifecta issues while HHSC is in preparation mode in advance of face to face waiver negotiation meetings with CMS…

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132016Oct
Hearings Update

Hearings Update

Senate Committee on Health and Human Services On September 13th, under Chair Charles Schwertner, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a lengthy hearing on its interim 1115 waiver charge[1], taking testimony from HHSC agency staff, Waiver Anchors and providers, health care advocates, and policy organizations. Discussion focused on the impact of Medicaid expansion…

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132016Oct
Texas Budget Update

Texas Budget Update

Key HHS Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) Update: the Budget The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)’s LAR contained a trauma funding surprise. The Legislative Budget Board and Governor’s Office of Budget Planning held an LAR Hearing for Health and Human Services on September 22nd. Prior to the hearing, THOT’s advocacy director spotted a trauma funding error, and spoke…

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