State lawmakers get an update on the status of Medicaid in Texas and they have been served notice that economic numbers are dismal.
Texas lawmakers learned that the cost of caring for the state’s disabled and poor children and the elderly are are growing faster than tax revenues.
The State’s Medicaid chief says the program will likely only achieve 88 percent of the savings lawmakers were hoping for. Last year the Legislature balanced the budget by forecasting big savings and shorted the program by roughly 4.8-billion dollars.
Well the Texas Department of Health and Human Services is now predicting state lawmakers will need to come up with more than $10 billion dollars to cover the current deficit and increases in the next budget.
That could create another financial crisis. Last year the Legislature cut 27-billion dollars in services in the two-year Texas state budget.
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