The Medical Care Advisory Committee is a federally mandated committee that reviews and makes recommendations to the state Medicaid director on proposed rules that involve Medicaid policy or affect Medicaid-funded programs.

Voting Members

Gilbert A. Handal, M.D.,Chair
El Paso
Pediatrician

Colleen Horton, Vice Chair
Austin
Advocate-Mental Health

Mary Helen Tieken, RN, BSN
Floresville
Registered Nurse

Salil Deshpande, M.D.
Houston
Managed Care Organization Representative

Cynthia Jumper, M.D.
Lubbock
Internal Medicine

Donna S. Smith
Austin
Physical Therapist

George N. Smith, D.O.
West
Osteopath

Doug Svien
Stephenville
Provider

Edgar A. Walsh, Jr., RPh.
Harlingen
Pharmacy

David Webster, MD, MBA
San Antonio
Vice President and Medical Officer, Texas and Louisiana

William Galinsky, CPA, HMFA
Temple
Hospital Payment Advisory Committee Chair
Hospital District

Non-voting Members

Rajendra Parikh, M.D.
Austin
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Dana McGrath
Austin
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Corliss Powell
Austin
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Rachel Samsel
Austin
Texas Department of State Health Services

For More Information

Send questions to suzanna.carter@hhsc.state.tx.us or call 512-730-7423.

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