Burke could lose $ 6 million if Texas does not reinstate the 1115 funding exemption
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – Now here is an update to a story we’ve been following for you regarding the health of the Deep East Texans. The state’s 1115 funding, money used to help pay for health care for uninsured Texans, is at risk.
The county judge’s contribution, the new request for federal funding and a lawsuit against the federal government are new developments to avoid losing it.
Burke CEO Melanie Taylor knows the mental health department is at risk of losing $ 6 million. Federal funding provides mental health care in an area of 12 counties. She is worried, but said: “We are cautiously optimistic. “
It’s an attitude that’s needed after federal health officials in April revoked a 10-year funding extension because the state failed to garner public comment, as required by the government. agreement.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit blaming political pressure because the state will not expand its Medicaid program.
“I don’t want to comment on the political aspects,” was Taylor’s cautious response.
Instead, Taylor is supporting the re-application of Texas Health and Human Services for a one-year extension.
“If we don’t get that extension and we lose that funding, you know, the counties are going to end up having to foot the bill,” Taylor said.
Trinity County Judge Steven D. Page, who is also a member of Burke’s board of directors, worried about two budgets.
“To house detainees in prison and receive medical care. It is something that we are obligated to provide by the state. We’ll probably have to consider dipping into the general fund, you know, county tax dollars, ”Page said.
County committees pass resolutions expressing concern.
Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy said of the healthcare program: “Polk County has benefited tremendously from partnerships with Burke, local hospitals, schools and law enforcement, using million dollars in federal funds since the inception of the program. ”
Expressing need keeps Taylor hopeful.
“I don’t think the federal government wants to see the citizens of Texas go without services. I just don’t believe anybody wants to see this happen, ”Taylor said.
Time is running out for a decision. Burke’s funding ends September 30.
Public hearings on health care financing begin next Tuesday. Negotiations for a new extension are underway.
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