Managed care continues its march in Texas, with the proposed changes to Medicaid programs in the state moving forward despite protests from pharmacists and other providers about the dramatic impact on their reimbursements. The Federal government recently rejected a Texas family planning proposal to protect one provider, namely Planned Parenthood, while continuing to approve the expansion of managed care, which will impact many more providers in the state. Why the mixed messages.

From the local news report:

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has turned down Texas’ request to run a family planning program that excludes certain providers — namely Planned Parenthood — saying it’s a violation of the federal Social Security Act. But in the same breath, federal officials approved the state’s request for a waiver to expand Texas’ Medicaid managed care program statewide, and to establish funding pools to help providers recoup the costs of uncompensated care.”

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