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Expansion of Texas Medicaid plan

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Texas - The expanded Medicaid plan for Texas is expected to improve access to medical services.

This could affect thousands of people across the state.

The statewide Medicaid revamp was approved last year but we are now starting to see the initial stages.

Texas is developing its own managed care program as a five year demonstration project.

The objective is to allow hospitals and other providers to form networks to try to improve access to care as well as enhance quality of care for current medicaid recipients.

The first phase includes 95 proposed medical projects in the Dallas region, costing over 1 billion dollars.

Projects range from expansion of chronic care management to improved diabetes treatment.

The new proposed services are being influenced by the health care needs of people across Texas.

Researchers found limited options for Medicaid users often resulted in them having to seek basic care in emergency rooms.

Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas has proposed 13 new projects for Medicaid patients; including additional primary care, chronic-disease management and a medical home to keep patients out of the ER.

Parkland could possibly claim 341 million dollars from the federal government.

The second-largest Medicaid provider would become UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, which is proposing 11 programs and is expected to draw 137 million dollars in federal funds.

Focus would be placed on setting up a new primary care clinic, developing tele-medicine options for faraway patients and adding a specialty clinic.