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The Business of Health Care in Texas in 2019

This posting provides an overview of the intersection of business and healthcare in the state of Texas in 2019. This snapshot of business in healthcare in Texas includes an exploration…
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Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR)

This posting provides an overview of the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR) that was introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in November 2019. The rule, according…
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2020 Candidates Healthcare Platforms

Apart from attempting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the GOP presents no health care policy changes leading up to the 2020 presidential election. However, the Democratic candidates have offered…
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Medicaid Block Grants in Texas

The Trump administration and Texas leadership continue to offer a block grant model as a more “flexible” form of the Medicaid program than the traditional model, in place since the program’s 1965 inception as part of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. Texas advocates of replacing traditional Medicaid with block grants are urging Texas leadership to pass a contingency Medicaid block grant act that will go into effect when a federal plan to block grant the program is in place and to lobby the Texas Congressional delegation to make block grants a priority. This posting explores block grant design and the impact of transforming Texas Medicaid to a block grant.
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The Facts on the ACA in Texas

Overview A North Texas judge ruled in December 2018 that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional. This ruling is based on the premise that because the tax penalty tied…
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Texas Medicaid Issues Facing the 86th Legislature

This brief provides an overview of Texas Medicaid issues to be addressed in the upcoming legislative session. These include the Medicaid shortfall affecting the current biennium, a number of Medicaid Managed Care issues, Medicaid expansion to adults up to 138 of the federal poverty level (FPL), and the FY 2020-21 Legislative Appropriation Request (LAR) for Medicaid. Note that Health and Human Service agency Transformation has consolidated most of Medicaid programming into one agency - the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
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