An additional 134,000 people who are elderly or have disabilities are now getting their Medicaid services through STAR+PLUS managed care. The switch came September 1 as HHSC continued its expansion of managed care by taking STAR+PLUS statewide, moving the program into the rural areas of the state.
The expansion included transition of acute-care services to STAR+PLUS for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who either live in an intermediate care facility or who get their long-term services through one of four waiver programs administered by the Department of Aging and Disability Services.
When health-care providers gather for the Statewide Learning Collaborative Summit September 9-10 in Austin, they'll have a chance to get beyond the spreadsheets and share the stories behind efforts to improve care for low-income patients, including those in Medicaid.
While efforts continue to encourage military veterans to apply for state employment, Texas’ health and human services agencies have set up a task force to look at effective ways to retain veterans already on the job.
The Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities recently hosted a cross-systems summit with the idea to get government agencies, community groups and families to work together to fight long-term effects of discrimination in health care, education, criminal justice and other areas of society.