Medicaid and CHIP advocacy

Medicaid Waiver Extension Request Should Include Physicians, Uninsured Coverage, TMA Testifies to HHSC - 06/15/2021

Facing the loss of crucial uncompensated care funding, the Texas Medical Association is helping the state craft a request to the Biden administration to reinstate an extension on Texas’ Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver. And that request should include physicians in the safety net plan, Gary Floyd, MD, TMA’s president-elect for 2022-23, testified at a recent hearing.  


Feds’ Withdrawal of Texas’ Medicaid Waiver Extension Raises Concerns Over Future Safety-Net Funding - 04/19/2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday announced the withdrawal of its Jan. 15, 2021, approval to extend Texas Medicaid’s 1115 Transformation Waiver for 10 years.


Check For 2019 MIPS Errors, File Targeted Review Today - 10/05/2020

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to check your Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback, including your 2019 MIPS final score and 2021 payment adjustment, and file a targeted review by Oct. 5, if needed.


Medicaid Kills Proposed Rule That Would Have Restricted Supplemental Funding, Services - 09/15/2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday withdrew a proposed rule that would’ve restricted how states fund their share of Medicaid, causing serious cuts in services.


TMA to State: Protect Physician Pay, Women’s Health Programs from Budget Cuts - 06/04/2020

The Texas Medical Association is applauding state leaders’ decision to leave Medicaid and CHIP benefits out of a planned 5% budget reduction for 2020-21. But TMA also is asking the state to protect physicians’ Medicaid payments and women’s health programs from its cuts.


Extend Medicaid Changes Throughout, After Emergency, Medicine Tells State - 05/21/2020

Changes to Medicaid put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic should be extended to ensure physicians can continue to provide care for Texas’ children and youth. That is the message the Texas Medical Association and several specialty societies sent in a letter this week to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s  director of Medicaid and CHIP Services.


Medicine Pushes For Expanding Medicaid Coverage to New Moms - 12/19/2019

Federal lawmakers must pass a bill that would allow states to provide 12 months postpartum coverage to mothers who lose Medicaid coverage two months after giving birth, and would provide a bump in Medicaid matching dollars for those states, medicine and others said in a letter this week.


Feb. 27 Hotline: Physicians Urge State to Put $500 Million More Into Medicaid - 02/27/2019

Yesterday, the Texas Medical Association urged state budget writers to invest $500 million of general revenue in Medicaid to improve access to care in Texas.


Panel: Value-Based Care Bearing Fruit - 01/30/2019

Although some of the numbers documenting access to care in Texas are less than encouraging, the shift to value-based care in Medicaid is showing positive signs, a panel collectively told the Texas Medical Association’s Winter Conference on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Austin.


Pediatrician Named HHSC Medicaid Chief Medical Officer - 01/15/2019

San Antonio pediatrician Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD, has been appointed chief medical officer for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program within the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.


Congress Puts CHIP Back on Course - 01/23/2018

The news was almost lost amid the furor over the government shutdown and immigration politics. But it did happen. Funding for CHIP was extended for six more years on Monday.


CHIP Rings In a New Year – Sort Of - 01/19/2018

According to a recent survey by the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University, renewing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is the public’s top priority for Congress. Yet here we are, three months past its expiration, with no resolution in sight despite a fresh new year full of promise and hope.