Hospital Industry Looks Forward to Working With CMS on Continuing the State’s Effective 1115 Waiver
(Austin – March 14, 2017) With confirmation by the U.S. Senate today, Seema Verma will begin her post as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Ms. Verma brings an extensive background in state health care reform to her leadership position at CMS,” said Ted Shaw, THA president/CEO. “Texas hospitals look forward to working with her and her staff at CMS to continue Texas’ health care reform work through its Medicaid 1115 waiver.”
One of Texas hospitals’ top priorities for 2017 is securing an extension of Texas’ innovative and effective Medicaid 1115 waiver beyond its current December 2017 expiration date. The waiver is critical for funding essential health care services for low-income Texans and has been a success story for the state, health care providers and patients. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has submitted a pending extension request through September 2019.
“Continuing Texas’ 1115 waiver is critical for Texas hospitals,” said Shaw. “It provides essential funding and fosters locally driven health care reform projects that improve health care outcomes, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and, ultimately, reduce costs.”