AUSTIN, TX — Increasing enrollment in Texas’ health care programs is no secret, and neither is the multibillion-dollar Medicaid bill awaiting lawmakers next legislative session, because they didn’t budget for enrollment growth. Experts on both sides of the political aisle believe the state will have to make an emergency expenditure next legislative session to cover the costs of the programs.
There were nearly 3.6 million Texans enrolled in Medicaid as of June 2011, the most current available data — a 16 percent increase in enrollment compared with June 2009. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, as of December 2011, covered an additional 596,000 children. And the Women’s Health Program, as of June 2011, covered nearly 130,000 women.
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