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Monday, February 4, 2013

TMA BOARD: EXPAND COVERAGE, REFORM MEDICAID

Austin and Washington should work together to find a way to expand health care coverage to the working poor, the TMA Board of Trustees said in a policy statement adopted at 2013 TMA Winter Conference. At the same time, the board said, Texas should improve Medicaid payment rates, clear away frustrating red tape, and rein in overzealous fraud prosecutors if it wants to attract physicians back to the program. “We should not accept the option of simply expanding that broken program,” the statement read. “On the other hand, we cannot reject the federal government’s offer to help us care for the working poor of Texas. We need to take this money and use it for our people, our patients.” The board’s decision, which will be forwarded to the TMA House of Delegates, stems from the recommendations of our Physicians Medicaid Congress, which, in turn, were vetted by the Council on Legislation and Council on Socioeconomics.

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