FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/29/2017
Chairman James White Thanks HHSC for Negotiating Extension of 1115 Medicaid Waiver
(Austin, TX) – State Representative James White is thankful to Commissioner Smith and Health and Human Services Commission for successfully negotiating the extension of 1115 Demonstration Waiver. This is an extremely important part of the state’s Medicaid program that provides funding to hospitals that treat and serve Texans who are in need of quality healthcare.
“Additionally, this $25 billion in Medicaid funding that will be distributed over the next five years is tax money that hardworking Texans and Texas small businesses are already sending to the federal government. This waiver will keep these tax dollars in Texas continuing efficient and innovative approaches to providing healthcare to millions of Texas Medicaid clients,” said Rep. White.
The waiver funds uncompensated care for Texas hospitals and other Medicaid providers and maintains level funding for Texas at $3.1 billion each year for the first and second year of the five-year agreement.
“State leaders have worked together over the past two years to craft a waiver that works for all Texans. HHSC and Commissioner Smith have done a remarkable job in obtaining the federal funds needed,” stated Rep. White.
Please do not hesitate to contact either Saul Mendoza, Chief of Staff, or Shawn Dunn, District Director, with questions regarding this release at 512-463-0490 or 409-283-3700.