A behind-the-scenes tussle is playing out at the state Capitol over who should pay an additional $175 million to take care of poor and uninsured hospital patients across Texas: the state or local taxpayers in eight counties, including Travis.
The issue has sparked friction between 160 private hospitals and the eight public hospitals that already put up local tax dollars to reimburse all types of hospitals for caring for the needy. It pits two Central Texas health systems against each other: the private St. David’s HealthCare and the Seton Healthcare Family, which operates the publicly owned University Medical Center Brackenridge.
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CORRECTION: This story has been updated to clarify that Tom Suehs is a former Texas commissioner of health and human services.