Texas AG Paxton sues Biden administration for rescinding Medicaid waiver
Paxton says the Biden administration’s efforts to expand Medicaid access to uninsured Texans undermine state sovereignty.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its decision to overturn a Medicaid waiver that would have provided the state with billions of dollars in health care funding.
the Houston Chronicle reports that the Trump administration approved an extension of the Medicaid waiver shortly before the departure of the last commander-in-chief. But in April, federal health officials decided to revoke the extension, saying President Trump had approved the waiver without public comment.
Nonetheless, Paxton’s lawsuit claims the federal government does not have the power to overturn the Trump administration’s Medicaid decisions.
Additionally, Paxton claimed Texas has already made long-term financial decisions based on expectations that its Medicaid funds will be available.
“Not only did this violate agency regulations and threaten to drive a $ 30 billion hole in Texas’ budget, it was clearly intended to force our state to ineffectively expand Medicaid under the Law on patient protection and affordable care, ”Paxton said in a statement. “It would be a disaster for our state, and yet President Biden seems determined to impose his inflated model of government on everyone, including Texas.
the Houston Chronicle notes that the Biden administration’s waiver remission was widely seen as a move to pressure Texas to expand Medicaid within the limits and provisions of the Affordable Care Act – which most other states have done so since the law was enacted in 2010.
Biden, notes The Texas Tribune, has previously tried to get Texas to expand Medicaid eligibility by providing billions of dollars in additional Medicaid funding for low-income people.
However, Texas lawmakers refused to move forward on the issue: Republican leaders turned down competing Medicaid expansion proposals, saying they were too focused on other health care priorities to pay the slightest attention to the problem. And earlier this week, the Legislature voted against an amendment that would have simply ordered a study into the potential benefits of expanding Medicaid.
While Medicaid supporters say an expansion would lower the county’s costs and provide health care to up to 1 million low-income Texans, Paxton and his allies see the Biden administration’s move as a threat to state sovereignty.
“This disgusting and illegal abuse of power targeting sovereign states must stop,” said Paxton.
Ironically, the Texas Tribune reports that various surveys have shown that most of the state’s residents support the expansion of Medicaid.
Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the United States.
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