Dewhurst, Nelson Unveil Medicaid Reform Proposals

AUSTIN (January 16, 2013)--Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst trumpeted legislation Wednesday 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, R-Flower Mound, unveiled Senate Bills 7 and 8 on Wednesday.

Nelson, who chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said 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.

She 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.

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