A reversal in federal immigration policy limits access to green cards and temporary visas for some immigrants who receive Medicaid and other public benefits. But widespread and unfounded fears about the law have unnecessarily deterred many migrants from the care they need and are eligible for. Now physicians and other advocates are struggling to undo the repercussions.
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New Immigration Rule Instills Fear, Deters Care
The Trump Administration's new rule seeking to limit access to green cards for immigrants who receive Medicaid and other government benefits will discourage people from seeing their physicians, worsening medical problems and harming public health.
Medicine didn’t get everything it needed from lawmakers for Medicaid, including TMA’s biggest and boldest ask of the 2019 session. Still, progress TMA achieved on managed care reform and other facets of Medicaid will advance physicians’ efforts to care for the most vulnerable Texans.
The combination of the country’s highest uninsured rate and a stressed Medicaid program threaten not only the health of millions of Texans, but also the health of the economy, Texas Medical Association President Doug Curran, MD, says.
Improve Access to Care for Working Texans (Feb. 6, 2019)
Medicaid Is Vital; Let’s Improve the Medicaid Managed Care Program(Dr. Carlos J. Cardenas, Aug. 29, 2018)
Medicaid Managed Care Needs Better Oversight, Networks, Care Coordination, and Physician Payment(Douglas W. Curran, MD, June 27, 2018)
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The Texas Medical Association is pushing for the state legislature to grant physicians a long-overdue pay bump for seeing Medicaid patients. But that effort will require a serious financial commitment, the new chair of the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee told physicians at TMA’s Winter Conference.
As the influenza virus continues to spread statewide, TMA and other specialty societies have taken a stand against a plan to cut by almost 36 percent payments to physicians who administer a flu vaccine in their offices.
As the future of Texas Medicaid promises to be a central topic of discussion in the 86th Texas Legislature, leaders from three pillars of the Texas health care system gathered in Austin on Oct. 12 for a first-ever summit to identify and commit to working on shared priorities for strengthening the program.
Committees in both chambers of the Texas Legislature are studying complex issues throughout this year to prepare for the next legislative session in 2019. As the year progresses, we’re periodically looking at the health care-related issues lawmakers are tackling and how TMA is advocating for medicine on those fronts.
If you’ve followed the news recently, you’ve probably seen stories highlighting the struggles Texas physicians and patients are having with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).
House calls, yoga classes, and community networks are among the value-based innovations making Medicaid more patient-centered and more penny-wise.
A new collaboration by the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) called the Texas Credentialing Alliance has streamlined a process that has long frustrated physicians because of its bureaucratic redundancy.
Medicaid patients in several states, including Texas, might not receive needed clinical tests because of new payment rates mandated by a federal law named, ironically, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA).
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