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Monday, October 21, 2013

BOARD CLARIFIES TMA'S MEDICAID EXPANSION POSITION

To eliminate any confusion over TMA’s position on Medicaid expansion, the Board of Trustees adopted the following statement:

It is the vision of the Texas Medical Association to improve the health of all Texans. Too many Texans, too many of our patients, cannot afford the health care they need. This hurts their health, the economic growth and prosperity of our state, and taxpayers all across Texas.
At its 2013 Annual Meeting, the TMA House of Delegates adopted two policy statements regarding expanded coverage for the uninsured. The TMA Board of Trustees believes that both of the adopted policy statements can be read in harmony. Regardless of political and legislative cycles, TMA supports:
  • The state’s participation in the Medicaid expansion option of the Affordable Care Act, and
  • Clearing away Medicaid’s financial, administrative, and regulatory hurdles that are increasing costs and driving Texas physicians away from the program.
The TMA Board of Trustees believes that Medicaid reform and significant improvement are necessary to ensure that those who would receive coverage under expansion would actually have access to the care that they need. TMA will continue to work with the Texas Legislature, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to achieve those reforms and incremental improvements.
TMA also will continue to look to create — or take advantage of — politically feasible opportunities to effect the state’s participation in Medicaid expansion under the ACA.

The TMA Board of Trustees further charged the Council on Legislation; the Council on Socioeconomics; and the Ad Hoc Committee on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Uninsured to implement the actions of the House of Delegates.

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