House Passes Legislation to Fulfill Medicaid Obligations
Last Thursday, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 10. The legislation, authored by Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts (R – Waxahachie), allows the Legislature to fulfill its current financial obligations to health care providers and ensures that Texas doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes can continue to provide services to Texas residents.
Chairman Pitts said, “This legislation is simply about paying our bills and keeping promises to our constituents. Through our actions today, we will continue to provide for those most vulnerable in our society.”
The current appropriation for Medicaid costs is scheduled to run out in March of 2013. House Bill 10 provides a supplemental appropriation of $4.8 billion to ensure the continuation of vital services such as Medicaid ($4.5 billion) and Children’s Health Program ($75 million).
Due to exceptional growth in the private sector, the State of Texas will collect $8.8 billion more in the current biennium than originally estimated. This stronger-thanexpected performance of the Texas economy will allow House Bill 10 to be paid with existing revenue.
Rep. Brandon Creighton (R – Conroe), Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, said, “With the passage of HB 10, we remain fiscally responsible while maintaining our commitment to provide quality health care for all Texans.”