Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement after CMS Approves Extension of 1115 Waiver
DALLAS, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released a statement after Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Texas’ Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver:
On December 21, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Texas’ Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver (1115 Waiver). The 1115 Waiver will be effective January 1, 2018 through September 30, 2022, and will allow Texas hospitals to provide the best care to publicly insured and low-income patients.
“I’m pleased that the state of Texas reached an agreement on the 1115 Waiver with joint efforts of the entire Texas Congressional Delegation, Governor Greg Abbott, THHSC Executive Commissioner Charles Smith, Texas Hospital Association, and Administrator Seema Verma,” said Congresswoman Johnson.
“The 1115 Waiver has played a critical role in Texas’ health care system. Failure to approve the 1115 Waiver would have resulted in near catastrophic consequences for the state’s most vulnerable populations,” said Ted Shaw, President/CEO of the Texas Hospital Association. “The waiver has been absolutely critical for increasing access to quality health care. And it has done so with an efficiency that has saved Texas and the federal government more than $8 billion.”
This past June, Congresswoman Johnson along with the Texas Congressional Delegation sent the following letter to CMS:
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