The Texas Medical Board is expanding its application for Medicaid eligibility to include whole foods.

    The move is part of a larger effort to expand the state’s Medicaid program to cover all Texans who use food to treat chronic illness.

    The state board said Monday it had received more than 2,000 applications for eligibility and will announce the winner of those applications at a news conference on Tuesday.

    The applications are part of an effort to get more Texans to participate in the Medicaid program.

    The Texas Health and Human Services Agency said it has approved more than 20,000 requests for Medicaid coverage in the last three years.

    The expanded eligibility is part to ensure Texans are covered, said Dr. Brian Oltman, director of health services at the state health agency.

    If a person can afford the premiums, they can get coverage through the program.

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