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Medicaid Waiver Projects


Under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, states have an opportunity to redesign the delivery of Medicaid services through a five year waiver of certain Medicaid funding conditions. Texas’ waiver program will finance community projects to improve health care quality and lower cost.

The health department is eligible for up to 5% of the community project “pot.” Though it may not seem like much, that 5% is about $14M, the largest infusion of non-property tax revenue in the history of the department.

The City of El Paso health department will use the Medicaid waiver receipts to expand preventive health services and/or collaborate with community partners.

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