Mil­lions on ta­ble for health projects

Wil­liamson County area could re­ceive at least $50.2 mil­lion in fed­eral funds.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Jody Ser­rano jser­rano@states­man.com

Weeks from now, the Texas Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Com­mis­sion will de­cide whether to ap­prove a plan that could bring at least $50.2 mil­lion in lo­cal and fed­eral fund­ing for projects aimed at im­prov­ing health care in Wil­liamson County and nearby ar­eas.

The plan is part of the Med­i­caid 1115 waiver, a statewide ef­fort to over­haul the Med­i­caid pro­gram for the poor by us­ing Med­i­caid funds as an in­cen­tive to make the pro­gram more ef­fec­tive and less costly. Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Com­mis­sion of­fi­cials through­out Jan­uary will weigh in on about 1,200 projects statewide and pro­vide feed­back to the 20 state re­gions be­fore the fi­nal plans are sent to the fed­eral Cen­ters for Medi­care and Med­i­caid Ser-

The ef­fort to over­haul the Med­i­caid pro­gram through in­no­va­tive health ini­tia­tives in­volves: $11.4 bil­lion Over­all amount of match­ing fed­eral dol­lars avail­able to Texas $2.3 bil­lion Avail­able to the re­gion in­clud­ing Hous­ton $1.6 bil­lion Avail­able to the Dal­las re­gion $1.1 bil­lion Avail­able to the San An­to­nio re­gion $689 mil­lion Avail­able to the Austin re­gion; $550 mil­lion to Travis County di­rectly $189 mil­lion Avail­able to the Round Rock re­gion; $50.2 mil­lion to projects that most af­fect Wil­liamson County

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