CPPP Comments on Texas HHSC Draft Medicaid 1115 Waiver Concept Paper: Submitted to CMS 12/5/07

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Anne Dunkelberg /(512) 320-0222 x 102

December 27, 2007

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HHSC has submitted a draft Medicaid waiver concept paper to federal Medicaid authorities as part of its implementation of SB 10. This is a major proposal which could potentially create programs to provide health coverage for uninsured Texas adults under 200% of poverty. However, public input is critical to make sure the resulting programs provide good benefits at affordable price, and the program has enough funding to really serve large numbers of low-income uninsured workers. The draft concept paper as submitted on December 5, 2007 leaves so many critical elements undefined and key questions unanswered that it is impossible for CPPP to make a clear statement of support for the document or the HHSC effort at this point in development. HHSC solicited public comments by December 28, 2007 on the concept paper. CPPP submitted comments. Readers interested in requesting copies of comments from other Texas consumer and provider organizations may contact dunkelberg@cppp.org.