November 8, 2012 – Thousands of North Texans who have struggled to find adequate health care could see improved access to medical services under an expanded Medicaid plan expected to bring $4 billion to local doctors and hospitals over five years. So far, in the first phase, 95 new medical projects would target Medicaid recipients in Dallas, Denton and Kaufman counties. The projects range from expanded chronic care management at Parkland Memorial Hospital to improved diabetes treatment at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. For more than a year, health care officials from the three counties have been hunched over plans that would improve care for those insured under Medicaid, a state-federal program that provides care for low-income Texans. “It’s a whole new way of organizing, administering and funding our public health system, with our public hospital in the middle,” said Eddie Reeves, a member of Parkland’s board of managers. According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, about 450,000 residents of the three North Texas counties are enrolled in Medicaid. Texas has more than 6.3 million uninsured residents and the highest percentage without health coverage of any state.