Starting in June, Medicaid patients will carry credit-card-like identification to help physicians confirm that they are in the Medicaid program, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) said in April.
Like credit cards, the new identification cards will be plastic and have a magnetic strip containing the patient's Medicaid identification number. A physician's office staff member can swipe the card through a reader or enter the patient's identification number to verify Medicaid eligibility.
General information about the cards is on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the HHSC website. For physician specific information please read the Texas Medicaid Provider Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).
Action, May 2, 2011