On Jan. 15, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) received federal approval for extending the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement 1115 Demonstration Waiver to Sept. 30, 2030.
Currently, Texas is operating under an extension from 2011 set to expire Sept. 1, 2022. Included in this waiver is authorization for a public health provider charity care program, which will be an opportunity for local health departments and public health districts to be reimbursed for uncompensated costs for services delivered to the uninsured. Offsets include costs associated with behavioral health, immunizations, chronic disease prevention and other preventative services for the uninsured.
HHSC is currently working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and has a set goal to begin rulemaking in the summer in order to open the renewal and application process Oct. 1. Public entities who currently participate in the program will retain eligibility, and those who have not previously participated may apply to the program after HHSC finalizes the application process.
Find the latest information about the waiver on HHSC’s website, including a presentation with more details.
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