CMS official expresses issues with timeline, scope of Texas Medicaid overhaul plan In an Aug. 7 letter to Texas Human and Health Solutions Executive Commissioner Albert Hawkins, CMS recognized Dianne Heffron questioned whether the state’s intend to overhaul Medicaid by providing subsidized coverage of health to 2 .1 million uninsured residents would move quickly enough and be broad enough to justify relaxing federal rules, the Dallas Morning Information reports. Heffron wrote, It would appear that significant, until September 2010 comprehensive reform wouldn’t normally begin. In April , Hawkins suggested that the plan could use federal matching funds from safety-net hospitals to get insurance coverage in the plan’s third year for the uninsured residents .

On December 15, 2003, CMS released an interim final guideline announcing equivalent authority to impose civil and monetary penalties for oversight and monitoring medication card sponsors pricing, enrollment and marketing activities. CMS will undertake alternative activities to make certain that cards sponsors are charging beneficiaries the advertised enrollment fees and following other federal government guidelines.?.. CMS to take steps to protect the Medicare-approved Discount Drug Card Program from fraud Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services , said today authorities and public partners are taking further methods to protect the new Medicare-approved Discount Medication Card Plan from any feasible fraudulent activities.