Millions on table for health projects
Williamson County area could receive at least $50.2 million in federal funds.
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