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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Call Today for Medicare-Parity for Medicaid Payments

2015 could go down as a banner year for improving Texas Medicaid. Some outstanding reforms to how the Medicaid fraud police operate are close to becoming law. A bill to make the state force Medicaid HMOs to actually build adequate physician networks has passed the Senate and is out of committee on the House side. The biggest obstacle to participating in Medicaid is the woefully inadequate rates the program pays Texas physicians. This is an issue that the House-Senate Conference Committee on the 2016-17 state budget is considering. If your representative and/or senator serves on that conference committee (see list here), please call them today with this simple message: Support the House proposal to allocate $460 million in the General Revenue Fund to restore primary care physicians’ Medicaid payments to Medicare parity. If your legislators are not on the committee, please deliver that same message to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s office at (512) 463-0001 and to House Speaker Joe Straus’ office at (512) 463-1000.

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