At a Capitol news conference, TMA and the Border Health Caucus asked state leaders and lawmakers for major improvements to Texas Medicaid. Physicians from across the state joined Dr. King; Doug Curran, MD, TMA Board of Trustees vice chair; Luis Benavides, MD, Council on Legislation member and Border Health Caucus vice chair; and Michael Battista, MD, a San Antonio neonatologist, to urge support for our six-part plan:
- Improve physicians’ Medicaid payments; Cut Medicaid red tape and administrative hassles;
- Hold Medicaid HMOs accountable for establishing adequate physician networks;
- Restore funding for Medicaid-Medicare “dual-eligible” patients; Stop unfair and unreasonable fraud and abuse audits; and
- Find a creative solution to pull down federal dollars to ensure access to health care for working, poor adults.