Texas lawmakers should increase Medicaid nursing home spending 16.84 percent, to about $6.4 billion, for the two-year period set to start in 2014.
The Texas Health Care Association (THCA) is making that case in a comment on a 2014-2015 budget proposal released by the state Health and Human Services Commission.
The commission is asking for $5.5 billion in Medicaid long-term care (LTC) benefits for the poor. The total two-year budget request is for about $49 billion.
The Texas Medicaid program pays for nursing home care for about 60,000 elderly and disabled Texas residents.