April 16, 2021      5:13 PM
Biden Administration rescinds earlier decision by Trump Administration to greenlight Texas' $100 billion-plus Medicaid plan
The Washington Post first obtained the CMS letter and reports the "decision is seen as an effort to push Texas officials toward expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to cover more low-income residents"
The scoop from the
The Biden administration
on Friday rescinded approval for changes to Texas’s Medicaid program granted by
the Trump administration, saying that federal Medicaid officials “materially
erred” by speeding approval for the state’s $100 billion-plus request in January.
The decision was characterized as an effort to push state officials toward
accepting the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, which would cover more
low-income residents, said two federal health officials, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Texas, which has more
uninsured people than any other state, is one of 12 that have not expanded the
rescinding the approval issued on January 15, 2021,” because it did not go
through the full federal rulemaking process, Liz Richter, the acting
administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, wrote in a
letter to Texas officials obtained by The Washington Post.