February 13, 2023
Medicaid Monday: The Unwinding Has Begun
Beginning January 28, Texans enrolled in Medicaid started receiving notice from HHSC informing them of the Medicaid unwinding. The end of continuous Medicaid coverage means millions of Texans who have not had to reapply for Medicaid in the last three years will have to go through the process soon. Members who have not signed up for alerts on YourTexasBenefits.com will receive a letter in the mail.
January 26, 2023
TAHP Supports Bills to Create More Affordable Health Coverage Options for Employers
This week, Sen. Drew Springer filed SB 605 which would give Texas employers the flexibility to select the best value in health insurance for their employees. It is the companion bill to HB 1001 by Rep. Giovanni Caprilione. Both bills would allow health plans to offer coverage that meets all the protections of insurance but is exempt from mandates that go beyond federal requirements.
January 26, 2023
TAHP’s Legislative Guide is here
TAHP’s agenda focuses on creating increasing affordable coverage and building on the success of Medicaid managed care in the state.
The full guide gives a comprehensive explanation of health insurance issues for the legislative session, the agenda focuses on key, proactive items.
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May 26, 2022
The No Surprises Act is Working, Texas Can Learn from the New Law
Today it was announced that since the No Surprises Act went into effect at the beginning of the year, Americans haveavoided more than 2 million surprise bills. The law protects patients from most surprise medical bills and removes them from the middle of negotiations between providers and insurers when it comes to disputes on what should be paid. That’s the good news.
May 23, 2022
Medicaid Monday: Managed Care Reduces ER Visits
The use of emergency rooms for primary care services is decreasing, thanks to Medicaid managed care. A recent report by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) shows a 15.5% decrease in the number of potentially preventable emergency room visits in Texas Medicaid and CHIP programs. This is great news for both Medicaid members and taxpayers. Utilizing preventative and standard care before conditions become emergencies leads to better health outcomes and to less costly care.
May 17, 2022
Price Transparency Helps Patients
Can driving just a few miles save a patient thousands of dollars? If they’re in the market for health care, the answer is yes. In Dallas, according to a recent article in D Magazine, the cost of a gallbladder removal surgery can range from $5,000 to $35,000. And rarely are prices posted online—even though they’re supposed to be.
May 9, 2022
Medicaid Monday: Medicaid Managed Care Nurses Make a Difference
Did you know National Nurses Week is now Nurses Month? Extended in 2020 to recognize the extraordinary efforts of nurses during the early days of the pandemic, the American Nurses Association adopted the evergreen theme “Nurses Make a Difference.” At TAHP, we want to acknowledge the positive impact Medicaid managed care nurses have on the lives of their patients.
May 2, 2022
Medicaid Monday: New Moms Still High-Risk for Medicaid Churn
By Jessica Lynch As the public health emergency winds down, millions risk losing Medicaid coverage, not because they no…
April 14, 2022
Fixing the Family Glitch Means Millions Could Qualify for Affordable Coverage
by Jamie Dudensing and Alicia Pierce A recently announced change to the administration of the Affordable Care Act will…
April 6, 2022
Texas Medicaid Managed Care is Working to Keep People Covered Even after the PHE
By: Jessica Lynch and Alicia Pierce In an essay in the New York Times, health care expert Elisabeth Rosenthal…
March 29, 2022
Texas Breaking Enrollment Records
New Census Data reports show that Texas still has the highest uninsured rates in the nation at 17.3 percent— a full 3 percentage points higher than the state with the next-highest uninsured rate, Oklahoma. Why does this matter? Because study after study shows that when families have health care coverage, they have better health care outcomes. Texans with insurance are more likely to receive preventative, primary, and specialty care services.
February 24, 2022
The New Hidden Fee That is Surprising Patients with Excessive Medical Bills
There is a new billing scheme that is misleading Texas patients with hidden costs—facility fees. These excessive hospital based fees, often in the thousands of dollars for very basic services, have long come under criticism from patients and consumers for creating surprise medical bills that Texans cannot afford. But, it’s not only hospitals that are charging these hidden fees anymore. The out-of-control expansion of these unreasonable fees is driving up the cost of premiums and out-of-pocket costs for Texas families and employers.
February 16, 2022
Texans Continue to Experience COVID-19 Price Gouging
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Texans have been tricked into a new type of health care price gouging – outrageous COVID-19 testing.
February 3, 2022
Groups Push Against Lawsuit to Undermine Surprise Billing Protections
Physician groups are facing far-ranging opposition in their lawsuit to overturn rules implementing new surprise medical billing protections. Opponents to the physician-led attack on the new law now include employer coalitions, unions, patient and consumer groups, health policy experts, and essentially any group that cares about controlling health care costs.
January 28, 2022
Texas’ Individual Insurance Market is More Competitive Than Ever
A record number of Americans signed up for health care coverage through Affordable Care Act marketplaces at the same time a number of new plans joined the market. About 14.5 millions Americans signed up for an ACA plan during the enrollment period that ended January 15. That’s 2 million more than ever before.
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