If approved, some of the allowances would include temporarily extending existing prior authorizations for services, allowing services to be performed over telehealth, and streamlining enrollment for out-of-state and new providers.
"The flexibilities we are requesting will help ensure Texans on Medicaid continue to have their routine needs met, even as the state responds to COVID-19," Abbott said in a statement.
As of Thursday, at least 23 states have been approved waivers for Medicaid provisions. If granted, the provisions would remain in place for as long as necessary during the public health emergency. The
Abbott has previously urged health insurance providers operating in
In a letter Thursday, over 50 organizations, including the
The coalition also urged Abbott to expand Medicaid and call for federal officials to open a special enrollment period for purchasing insurance.
"In the wake of an infectious disease that threatens all Texans, accepting federal funds to offer insurance to low-wage workers is a necessary action to protect the health and safety of Texans," the letter read. "Coverage will encourage timely testing, provide much needed treatment, and provide more financial stability for families struggling with reduced earnings."
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