AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has announced that $2.67 billion in federal funding was approved to support Texas hospitals that provide care for people receiving Medicaid.

That’s a $1.07 billion increase from the previous State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020.

“This federal funding is a crucial source of support for Texas hospitals that provide care for Medicaid patients,” said Governor Abbott. “As we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State is committed to ensuring that our hospitals have the resources they need to continue providing care to Texans across the state.”

The Uniform Hospital Rate Increase Program (UHRIP) is a statewide program that provides for increased Medicaid payments to hospitals for inpatient and outpatient services provided to persons with Medicaid. The program aims to reduce the Medicaid shortfall for hospitals that serve people who receive Medicaid. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the estimated UHRIP pool size for SFY 2021 at $2.67 billion, up from $1.6 billion in SFY 2020.

“Hospitals in Texas are on the front lines of care and prevention at all times, providing critical emergency and intensive care for people, including those with COVID-19,” Texas HHSC Executive Commissioner Phil Wilson said. “This federal funding is one way we can make sure hospitals have sufficient resources to provide quality care to people receiving Medicaid.”