Written comments accepted until June 28
While the 87th regular legislative session is over and Medicaid expansion did not get passed, we all have a chance to make our support for it known. Until June 28, Texas Health and Human Services is accepting comments during the state’s 1115 waiver extension application process. Every comment will become part of Texas’ official application for Medicaid funding.
The 1115 waiver enables hospitals and mental health providers to get funds to pay for indigent care. Texas’ current waiver good until September 2022. The Biden administration rescinded Trump’s waiver extension and has ordered Texas to collect public input.
You can submit a written comment to let Texas Health and Human Services know that you support having Texas take the Medicaid expansion that would extend preventive and primary care to low-income Texans.
Email your comments to TX_Medicaid_Waivers@hhsc.state.tx.us.
Anyone can get a free copy of the proposed waiver extension application, ask questions, obtain additional information, or submit comments. Here are the ways to do that.
Basundhara Raychaudhuri, Waiver Coordinator, Policy Development Support
Texas Health and Human Services
Attention: PO Box 13247
Mail Code H-600
Austin, Texas 78711-3247
BACKGROUND AND MORE
- Texas Tribune: Texas sets public hearings as it tries to convince federal government to extend health funding for the uninsured
Episcopal Health Foundation: Short explainer on the difference between 1115 Medicaid Waivers and Medicaid expansion
San Antonio Express Commentary: Medicaid waiver distracts from crisis of uninsured
Open Letter to Elected Officials and Others Interested in Health Care in Texas
- Impact of Medicaid Expansion on State Budget
- Perryman Group: Economic and Fiscal Benefits to Texas of Accessing Additional Federal Funds for Health Insurance Expansion