(Austin, TEXAS) – Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rescinded the extension of Texas’ 1115 Waiver granted earlier in the year.
The waiver was originally intended to serve as a bridge until the state expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Instead, Texas Republicans have relied on these dollars for 10 years to cover the cost of uncompensated care rather than provide long-term, affordable health care to our most vulnerable Texans.
Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement in response on behalf of the Texas House Democratic Caucus:
“The Biden Administration has signaled to Texas that the Affordable Care Act is the preferred mechanism to provide health coverage for Texans.
“The 1115 Transformation Waiver has helped serve Texas’ uninsured population but it was never meant to be a permanent solution. It was originally meant to help transition Texas to coverage expansion, but then the Supreme Court ruled to make expansion optional. However, the Obama Administration graciously gave Texas to the best 1115 waiver of any state.
“We again have the opportunity to get a permanent solution by working with the Biden Administration and CMS to get the coverage expansion for Texans under the Affordable Care Act.”