Doctor Luis Benavides has been seeing patients here in Laredo for thirty-two years, many of his patients have Medicaid, which is why he is testifying on Texas state house bill 27-31. Dr. Luis Benavides says, “It is a bill intended to reduce the amount of red tape and basically the hassle factor involved with dealing with the new Medicaid managed care.” Doctor Benavides says new changes in the way the system works makes it difficult for doctors to process claims in a timely fashion. Benavides says, “Prior to March of last year, we had one entity to deal with. one entity that we submitted claims to, one entity we got authorizations from.” But that process has now become much more complicated. Benavides says, "Now there are four companies, each company has their own form, and way of doing things and so instead of dealing with one set we have several. The current way the system is set up, if a patient comes in and needs a certain type of antibiotics, it could be up to a 4 to 5 day wait period to get their medication. The legislation, proposed by representative richard raymond, seeks to decrease the administrative burdens of medicaid managed care for the state in several ways including decreasing the duplication of reporting requirements, promoting consistency in managed care policies, and creating one portal through which claims can be submitted. Someone we spoke to from the Laredo health department says in the Gateway city, where forty percent of people have Medicaid, making the process of accepting Medicaid manageable for doctors is essential, which is why he is supporting the bill. Dr. Hector Gonzalez says, “This bill will streamline the application process, the billing process, especially as we roll out Medicaid managed care, which is in its infancy here in the state.” If approved, the act could take effect in Sepetember.