Geoffrey Wool, Health and Human Services Commission, Email Responses to PolitiFact Texas on Medicaid-funded Births in Texas

236 pm, March 21, 2012

... Here are average cost (of Medicaid-funded birth) figures for the last three years:

2010 = $11,600

2009 = $11,900

2008 = $10,800

419 pm, March 21, 2012

Of the $2.2 billion per year in birth and delivery related services about $900 million is state general revenue, so Texas spends about $900 million on Medicaid-funded births in Texas each year.

218 pm, March 23, 2012

We don’t yet have an average cost for 2011. Our claims come in and are completed at different rates – simple stuff like doctors visits complete really fast. More complicated procedures like extended, complex hospital visits take much more time – often many months for a claim to be resolved and paid. Pulling data too soon would give us a bias view because we’d be looking at more of the simpler, less expensive services and missing the complex stuff. To mitigate this, we wait 6-8 months after the end of the fiscal year before we put together full-year cost reports