“That’s going to represent a significant cost increase to a Medicaid program that has already experienced steady cost increases over the last decade,” said John Davidson, a health policy analyst at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. By choosing not to expand Medicaid eligibility, Davidson added, Texas will avoid other significant cost increases.
More than 75 percent of the state’s 3.7 million Medicaid beneficiaries are children; Texas has strict eligibility rules that provide benefits only to adults who are disabled elderly or extremely poor parents.
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Mon, Jul 15 2013