Testimony on Texas HHSC LAR

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Anne Dunkelberg /(512) 320-0222 x 102

September 26, 2012

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The center's Anne Dunkelberg testified at the Legislative Budget Board-Governor’s Office on Budget and Policy public hearing on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Legislative Appropriations for the 2014-2015 budget period. The center’s testimony stressed the importance of the $3.7 billion GR in additional appropriations for 2012-2013 that will be needed to continue Medicaid and CHIP operations after March 2013.

Other issues addressed include the enormous potential benefit of Medicaid expansion under the ACA, the impact on access of Medicaid and CHIP cuts and policy changes adopted in 2011, and the importance of ongoing support for modernization of Texas’ public benefits eligibility system.