Texas House Panel Approves Health Care Compact

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Legislation to allow Texas to govern federal health care benefits on its own through a multistate agreement has been given another chance.

A Texas House panel voted Monday to join a plan already created in other states that would allow Texas to adopt health care rules in lieu of federal regulations.

Congress would have to approve the compact to give states control of health care.

Supporters say states are in a better position than the federal government to make health care decisions for their citizens.

Opponents argue Texas would give up its right to increased federal funding for Medicaid and Medicare.

Oklahoma and Georgia have already passed legislation forming the compact.