Medicaid Proposal Would Reward Healthy Behavior

Rewarding Medicaid patients who stop smoking and lose weight. That's the goal of a proposal in Texas.

If passed, the bill would also create benefit plans tailored to individual needs and authorize co-pays for non-emergency visits to hospital emergency rooms.

Senate Bill 10 was introduced by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville and is a part of a package of bills designed to overhaul the state's financially struggling medicaid system. 

State officials are looking for a solution that will cut down Medicaid costs, while helping find affordable coverage for the 5.6 million Texans without health insurance.