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Texas lawmakers to vote on Medicaid changes


By Erica L. Rodriguez


AUSTIN - Texas lawmakers are expected to debate and vote on changes to Medicaid Wednesday afternoon.

The proposed bill would allow doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to work together to lower the cost of healthcare. It would also expand privatized Medicaid in South Texas.

The legislation could save the state $467 million. However, those who oppose the bill worry that it will allow manage care organizations to cut reimbursement rates for doctors. If so, it could mean that fewer doctors would accept patients with Medicaid.

Texas lawmakers, that support the bill, say that cuts need to be made everywhere to deal with the $27 billion shortfall in the state budget. The legislation is expected to save the state $467 million.

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