Commissioner Suehs also asked lawmakers to restore funding for the Medicaid physician loan repayment program and the children’s Medicaid medical home pilot. These TMA physicians testified:
- Janet Realini, MD, a San Antonio family physician, discussed how the Women’s Health Program has a proven track record of reducing unplanned pregnancies and lowering costs.
- Austin pediatrician John Hellerstedt, MD, urged the committee not to force physicians out of Medicaid. Instead of cutting physician payments, he said, a better way to slow Medicaid spending is for the state to support development of payment and delivery system reforms, such as the patient-centered medical home and physician-led accountable care organizations.