HEGAR: Biden Claws Back, Rescinds Texas’ Previously Agreed to Healthcare Funding Program

"Uncompensated care is a major contributor to the costs of Medicaid that this waiver helped to mitigate. Rescinding it now is particularly malicious...”

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “At a time when the entire nation is trying to pull itself out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the Biden Administration is recklessly working to undermine our fragile recovery," said Texas' Comptroller Glenn Hegar following President Joe Biden’s decision to rescind a previously agreed to healthcare waiver needed by Texas to properly plan for its post-pandemic recovery.
 
“It is particularly irresponsible for President Biden to take this action while his administration continues to fail to meet its responsibilities along our southern border," Hegar said.

The initial waiver was approved by the Obama Administration in 2011, and was renewed again in December 2017.

The previously agreed to 1115 Medicaid Waiver Program – named after Section 1115 of the Social Security Act allowing the Federal Government to approve waivers for experimental, pilot or demonstration projects – was to provide Texas with up to $25 billion between 2018 and 2022.

The plan's recent extension was set to run through Fiscal Year 2030, providing an important, much-needed economic foundation and fiscal certainty for Texas to continue its post-pandemic recovery efforts.

Texas' Medicaid waiver for its Healthcare Transformation & Quality Improvement Program is an important funding source for the state’s hospitals and other health care providers.

“The state of Texas negotiated in good faith to secure this waiver, believing that the federal government would honor its commitments to the people of Texas,” Hegar said.

“At a time when the entire nation is trying to pull itself out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the Biden Administration is recklessly working to undermine our fragile recovery by holding hostage the critical funding Texas needs to support its rural hospitals, nursing homes, mental health and other crucial care facilities.

"Uncompensated care is a major contributor to the costs of Medicaid that this waiver helped to mitigate, and rescinding it now is particularly malicious given the costs rural hospitals face in providing that type of care,” said the Comptroller.

Visit the Comptroller’s website to learn more about the state’s 1115 Healthcare Waiver.
 
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