Texas and Medicaid: How big can you dream?

Can you imagine a Texas Medicaid budget half of what it was last year? Is it possible for Medicaid patients to get a next-day appointment with their doctor? What if Austin, rather than Washington, controlled “Texas Medicaid”?

Texas, can you dream that big? You should, because your dreams just might come true.

In a brilliant piece of advance planning, the Texas Legislature in 2011 passed Chapter 537 into law. That was a request to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a waiver of essentially all federal mandates for Medicaid. Such a waiver would restore administrative control of Texas Medicaid to Texas.

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