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Medicaid costs; the federal government pays 60 percent. In Texas, Medicaidcurrently costs nearly as much as education when you look at all fundingsources. That's never happened before. Since 2000, the state's Medicaidshare has nearly tripled, climbing to approximately $11 billion per year. Atthis rate we will be spending more than $30 billion per year in state moneyby 2024.Stated another way, it simply means the more we spend on Medicaid, theless money we will have for education, highways, mental health services,financial aid for college students and many other important functions.Spiraling Medicaid costs have severely impacted other states, and somestates eventually could face bankruptcy unless the trend line changes.Nearly 20 other states are resisting the Medicaid expansion offer, Texasbeing the largest. Our only leverage with the federal government is to resistexpansion until we can design our own more efficient and effective plan.Here are a few elements of what a
"Texas Solution to Medicaid"
Co-pays and deductibles for Medicaid recipients so individuals haveskin in the game when it comes to their health care;
Establish reimbursement rates designed to encourage quality patientoutcomes and efficient use of taxpayer resources;
programs to improve andstreamline services, reduce costs and provide quality and cost-effective healthcare to serve more Texans;
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