The Texas House Democratic Caucus (HDC) has thrown in the towel on a stand-off between the State of Texas and the Biden administration over a Medicaid program.
Back in April last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) retroactively denied Texas’ application for renewal of its Section 1115 Medicaid waiver after it had already been approved during the Trump administration. The waiver enables the state and hospitals within it to receive federal reimbursements for certain categories of uncompensated care.
It is estimated to be worth $30 billion in federal aid.
Medicaid, one of the nation’s largest welfare programs, pays health care costs for millions of low-income people across the country who do not otherwise have insurance.
But after a prolonged back and forth, the HDC has called for the federal government to restore the waiver until the legislature meets again in 2023.