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Bringing into focus a clear and distinct view of the rest of this decade in Texas health care. Offering a sharp perception of what lies ahead and what we must change to keep us all healthy.
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Kyle Janek: The Texas Medicine Interview

Kyle Janek: The Texas Medicine Interview | Healthy Vision 2020 | Scoop.it
New Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, MD, has concerns about Medicaid - about having enough physicians to care for patients, about how to improve the health insurer, and other thoughts he shares with Texas Medicine...
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Texas Medical Association's comment, January 2, 2013 12:00 PM
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New group touts Medicaid as 'indispensable' -- and not fiscal villain | Trail Blazers Blog | dallasnews.com

New group touts Medicaid as 'indispensable' -- and not fiscal villain | Trail Blazers Blog | dallasnews.com | Healthy Vision 2020 | Scoop.it

-- "A new coalition began sounding a contrarian note about Medicaid at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday. My Medicaid Matters said that Medicaid, the government's main health program for the poor and enfeebled, is 'indispensable.' "

 

Interesting note: Even though doctors are howling about being paid lower, Medicaid fees for seeing certain enfeebled Texans, hospitals are seething over cuts and Mom and Pop pharmacists are screaming about now having to work under managed-care companies' subcontractors, Texas Medicaid chief Billy Millwee said he and social services czar Tom Suehs would act swiftly if they really thought the reductions had turned Medicaid into a promise, not a reality -- that is, that recipients can't get in to see providers.

 

 

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Outcome of 2012 Election Will Likely Affect Medicaid Far More Than Medicare

Outcome of 2012 Election Will Likely Affect Medicaid Far More Than Medicare | Healthy Vision 2020 | Scoop.it

The last month or so, the Presidential campaign has often felt like a war over Medicare. Republicans have claimed that the Democrats have robbed the trust fund to pay for a...

 

For decades, physicians have given away their services for free to patients who could not afford to pay. However, today’s health care market makes this very difficult. Medicare and Medicaid, which now cover 35 percent of health care in America,often pay physicians less than it costs them to provide their services. Commercial insurance companies’ payment rates, computed largely as a percentage of Medicare, have followed the government-run programs into the basement. The nation’s 50 million uninsured, including 6.2 million Texans, can rarely pay the costs of their health care. The squeeze leaves many physicians struggling to keep their practices open, let alone provide charity care. State and federal leaders must realize that cutting physicians’ payments is not an effective tool for controlling health care costs, and often exacerbates the cost of care. They also must realize that without physicians, no health care delivery system can be effective.

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Democratic Texas Senators question Medicaid cuts

Democratic Texas Senators question Medicaid cuts | Healthy Vision 2020 | Scoop.it

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic state senators on Tuesday questioned whether cuts in Medicaid could lead to a shortage of doctors willing to treat the poor, elderly and disabled.

 

HUGE access problem coming if state doesn't reverse the cut in funding for dual eligibles (covered by both Medicaid and Medicare) real soon. 

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