Texas health care providers are urging Texas lawmakers to expand Medicaid in order to receive billions to help the working poor obtain health coverage. Texas still has the largest percentage of residents without primary health care coverage in the nation. Is the Texas Tea Party likely to do anything about that? Probably not, reports the Austin American-Statesman.
With billions of dollars in hospital aid at stake, health care officials are anxious for state leaders to resolve the federal government’s concerns about extending a program that helps cover the staggering cost of caring for uninsured and needy Texans.
The federal government wants Texas and other states to expand Medicaid to cover more residents — rather than relying on federal matching money to pay hospitals back for taking care of uninsured patients. Texas officials have refused, and now many are worried the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS, might end the hospital payments when the current program expires Sept. 30, 2016.