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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

TMA CALLS FOR HEALTHIER CHOICES THAN MEDICAID, CHIP CUTS

As I explained in last week’s EVPGram, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is recommending cuts in the state’s Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), mental health care, and public health systems to help balance the state budget starting Sept. 1. Dr. Fleming and the presidents of 20 state specialty societies signed a letter asking Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Strauss to make healthier choices. "Instead of adopting indiscriminate, broad-based cuts, we encourage you to have a careful and open review of health care spending in order to develop a comprehensive plan that in the end will save the state money,” the presidents wrote. “We respectively ask that many of these cuts are deferred until the larger implications can be carefully evaluated and new ideas considered.” The letter outlined six examples of innovative, cost-effective health care delivery models that recently have been launched in Texas. The presidents pledged that TMA and the specialty societies will work with the state “as partners to find targeted solutions that achieve our mutual goal of better care and at a more affordable price.”

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