THA Responds to Medicaid Expansion Bill Filed by Rep. Zerwas Friday

AUSTIN, April 2, 2013 - On Friday, Rep. John Zerwas (R-Simonton) filed House Bill 3791, creating the groundwork to ensure Texas fully utilizes Medicaid expansion to bring about reforms the federal government and other states have yet to consider.

The following statement is a response from the Texas Hospital Association, which may be attributed to Dan Stultz, M.D., FACHE, FACP, THA president/ chief executive officer:

“Representative Zerwas’ bill will allow Texas leaders to craft and customize a coverage reform package that utilizes Medicaid expansion funds to reduce uncompensated care at Texas hospitals and eliminate detrimental cost-shifting to the private market. We know that uninsured patients still require health care, and Texas leaders will be able to use this bill as a mechanism to reduce the effect of the state’s massive uninsured population on businesses and the insured. Doing so will vastly improve the state’s business infrastructure by increasing worker access to primary care, which promotes increased workplace efficiency and decreased morbidity and mortality.”

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid to decrease uncompensated care provided by hospitals, state leaders have the option to expand Medicaid and relieve the pressure uncompensated care places on hospitals, business owners, their employees and tax payers.

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