Leading Texas Republicans on Monday asked the Obama administration for greater flexibility to administer Medicaid — a move that has gotten little traction in the past.
Texas health officials last year used the firing of the state's contractor for processing Medicaid claims to justify giving a no-bid "emergency" deal.
With protesters loudly chanting outside the governor's reception room in the Capitol, Gov. Rick Perry and leading Republicans stood before a crowd of reporters Monday morning to repeat their strong opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
In Texas, roughly a quarter of the population is uninsured.
Texas Democrats remain optimistic that the 2013 legislative session can yield a deal that brings in billions in additional federal dollars.
Changes to the Texas Medicaid Dentistry and Orthodontist Program are now taking a toll on Texoma families. Those who relied on Medicaid for orthodontic work no longer have a doctor serving them in Wichita Falls. That's after an orthodontist who operated here recently closed down his operation without any notice.
Pharmacists across the state say changes in the way the state
handles pharmacy services could threaten their businesses... as well as
*thousands* of jobs.
The state plans to move to managed care for pharmacy services starting March 1st....
And because of that move... pharmacists will receive *less* money for each Medicaid prescription they fill.