Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 27, 2007
Contact: Dave Nelson (817) 424-3446

MEDICAID REFORM SENT TO GOVERNOR'S DESK

AUSTIN -- A conference committee has worked out differences between the House and Senate versions of SB 10 by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, reforming Medicaid and helping to reduce the rate of Texans without health insurance. The bill next moves to the governor's desk.

"This legislation lays the foundation for a new approach to health care for the poor, the fragile and the uninsured," Senator Nelson said, noting that Medicaid costs Texas taxpayers $17.9 billion a year. "It expands our efforts to assist with premiums for the uninsured, discourages inappropriate visits to the emergency room, and focuses heavily on preventive health, which will help contain our acute care costs over the long term and, more importantly, help Texans maintain good health."

Medicaid Reform Provisions of SB 10

SB 10 Provisions on the Uninsured:

Highlights of Key Additions Made in Conference:

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, which includes parts of Tarrant and Denton counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.

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