As an upper-level weather maker swings into Texas, numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to remain scattered across the Brazos Valley. A few storms could be strong -- with heavy rain, thunder, & occasional lightning -- however, this activity is not expected to become severe. Rain chance will remain in place through mid-morning to midday Friday.
AUSTIN (AP) - A federal judge has approved a sweeping settlement meant to improve access to medical care for more than two million poor children in Texas.
The agreement likely ends a 14-year-old lawsuit over children's Medicaid.
The plan was approved yesterday by U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice.
Legislators have already approved more than $700 million necessary to satisfy the terms of the agreement, including rate reimbursements to doctors and dentists.
The settlement also requires the state to hire more Medicaid case workers and improve transportation options to help parents get to medical appointments.
Efficiency of toll-free hot lines and availability of prescription drugs also would be revamped under the plan.
Most of the changes take effect September first.
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