But regardless of whether or not Governor Perry takes federal money to expand Medicaid, and regardless of what form that expansion takes, the point is moot. Because as our experience has shown, the whole Texas Medicaid provider network is in peril.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 03, 2013
In a statement issued this evening on its website entitled "Without a Provider Network, Medicaid Expansion is Moot,", Texas Dentists for Medicaid Reform (TDMR) has warned policymakers that in the organization's opinion there is imminent danger to the Texas Medicaid provider network.
"There’s a great deal of talk today about Medicaid expansion. Texas’ Governor and both of its U.S. Senators have proclaimed their opposition to it; Texas Democrats and progressives have duly noted their support," writes Chuck Young, TDMR's Director of Communications. "But regardless of whether or not Governor Perry takes federal money to expand Medicaid, and regardless of what form that expansion takes, the point is moot. Because as our experience has shown, the whole Texas Medicaid provider network is in peril."
The statement goes on to describe the ongoing crackdown by the Texas Office of the Inspector General, Health and Human Services Commission (“OIG”) on Medicaid dentistry and the effects this is having on Medicaid providers as a whole. He quotes the testimony given to the House Human Services Committee recently by Mr. Fread Houston, former Director of Sanctions for OIG as evidence.
Young concludes, "Without some effort by the state to restore trust in providers, it’s unlikely that anybody will want to provide Medicaid in a state in which regulators have, in the words of a prominent defense attorney, “run amok.” The providers that have already been ruined in OIG’s witchunt have little recourse at this point except to litigate. But those who would, or wouldn’t, expand Medicaid in Texas are well-advised to consider what the future will look like if the continued arbitrary actions of this agency are allowed to continue unabated."
Texas Dentists for Medicaid Reform is a 501(c)4 founded by dental practitioners "concerned about the future of dental care for the over three million Texas children eligible for Medicaid."