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Monday, June 28, 2010

TMA CALLS FOR SCALPEL, NOT CLEAVER, ON STATE BUDGET

A 1-percent cut in physicians’ Medicaid payments could actually cost the beleaguered state budget more than it saves, TMA witnesses will explain at a Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) hearing tomorrow. As outlined in a letter (PDF) Dr. Bailey wrote to state leaders, the proposed cut in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) payments could backfire by further reducing physician participation in those programs. “Texas must make investments in primary and preventive health care that will reap much-needed savings down the road,” she wrote. “To that end, one of the soundest investments Texas can make to limit Medicaid and CHIP cost growth is to broaden physician participation in these programs.” Dr. Bailey also called on primary care physicians to share their concerns with their state senators and representatives and with HHSC Commissioner Tom Suehs. Use the TMA Grassroots Action Center to send your comments no later than 5 pm Tuesday.

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