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Friday, September 1, 2000

STATEMENTS FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNYN AND SENATE FINANCE CHAIRMAN RATLIFF

Regarding The Frew v. Gilbert Decision Of Judge Justice


STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN CORNYN:

"We are appealing Judge Justice's ruling because it ignores the fact that Texas has made significant strides in outreach to provide health care to children in the Medicaid program. Texas spends more money on outreach than any other state in the nation and has doubled the participation rate since 1993.

All Texans agree with the goal of maximizing the number of Medicaid recipients who have access to these programs. But achieving this goal should be best left to those Texans who are responsible for the program--the legislature and state health officials. Over the last five years, the State has made remarkable increases in staff and financial resources, and there have been corresponding increases in the use of Medicaid services. No eligible client who requested services has failed to receive those services. Instead of constructing roadblocks, Judge Justice should let the state run its own successful program."

STATEMENT FROM SENATE FINANCE CHAIRMAN RATLIFF:

"I am confident we have a solid system in place to provide health care to those eligible for Medicaid. To spend more money on satisfying the whims of a federal judge, who has not been in the trenches studying what works and what does not, is a waste."

Fact Sheet on Frew v. Gilbert

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