UPDATE 12:00PM Dewhurst, Nelson Unveil Medicaid Reform Proposals 1/16/13
AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is trumpeting legislation that he says will improve health care for the poor and disabled while fighting fraud. But he said expanding Medicaid to insure another 1.5 million people is off the table.
Dewhurst and Sen. Jane Nelson unveiled Senate Bills 7 and 8 on Wednesday. Nelson is chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and says the state lost $6 billion in Medicaid fraud between 2004 and 2011. She said her measures would detect fraud earlier and more effectively punish those responsible.
The Flower Mound Republican also said her bills would fund quality care rather than just pay for procedures.
The Obama Administration has offered states funding if they expand Medicaid, but Dewhurst said he opposes the measure.
January 16, 2013
Austin - A bill that would require those seeking welfare or unemployment benefits in Texas to undergo drug testing will be discussed today by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Senator Jane Nelson.
Senate Bills 7 and 8 are meant to address Medicaid and are said to be applauded by conservatives.
A press conference is expected at 10:00AM so stay tuned to CBS7 and CBS7.com for any developments from this conference.