Texas Hospitals Applaud Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver Extension

(Austin – Dec. 21, 2017) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Texas Health and Human Services Commission have reached an agreement to approve a new five-year Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver.

The agreement reflects months of negotiation and advocacy to ensure that Texas hospitals and other health care providers can continue to provide the highest quality of care to publicly insured and low-income Texans. With the agreement, Texas Medicaid beneficiaries will continue receiving health care services through managed care plans, and Texas hospitals and other health care providers will continue receiving vital supplemental payments.

“Failure to approve the 1115 Waiver would have resulted in near catastrophic consequences for the state’s most vulnerable populations,” said Ted Shaw, president/CEO of the Texas Hospital Association. “The waiver has been absolutely critical for increasing access to quality health care. And it has done so with an efficiency that has saved Texas and the federal government more than $8 billion.”

Details on the exact terms and conditions of the new Waiver are forthcoming.

“Texas hospitals extend their sincerest thanks to Governor Greg Abbott, THHSC Executive Commissioner Charles Smith, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the Texas Congressional delegation and all their staffs for their hard work and commitment to securing this agreement,” said Shaw. “The importance of the Waiver to Texas health care providers and the patients we are privileged to care for cannot be overstated.”  



Lance Lunsford, vice president, strategic communications
Email: llunsford@tha.org
Twitter: @lancelunsford

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