Senators Seek to Make Medicaid Changes

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A Senate proposal would reward Medicaid patients who stop smoking and lose weight.

It would also create benefit plans tailored to individual needs and authorize co-pays for non-emergency visits to hospital emergency rooms.

The bill by Senator Jane Nelson -- a Republican from Lewisville -- is part of a package designed to overhaul the state's financially struggling Medicaid system.

State officials are looking for a solution that will cut down Medicaid costs while helping find affordable coverage for the five-point-six (m) million Texans without health insurance.

Nelson says her bill focuses on preventive health care and creating more health care options for Texans.