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Therapy cuts impact Texas’ most vulnerable kids

December 16, 2016
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Please install the latest Adobe Flash Player Plugin to watch this content. AUSTIN (NEXSTAR) — Hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to therapy payments for kids with disabilities are set take effect Thursday. The state’s cut in Medicaid reimbursement rates is expected to greatly reduce the number of therapists who treat kids with disabilities in Texas. “We will address those needs. Those parents should not lose sleep over this,” said Sen. Charles Perry. The Republican out of Lubbock said the rate cut is “internally” and “continuously” being discussed by state lawmakers on both sides of the chamber. Perry said, “This is a unified effort that we won’t leave those most medical fragile kids without access to care.” Texas lawmakers ordered the $350 million cuts to Medicaid reimbursement rates in 2015 to help balance a $1 billion in property tax relief. “It’s a very small population. The cuts that were made were based on very sound methodology. Now, that doesn’t help the parents that has one of those issues,” said Perry. A member of the Health and Human Services Senate Committee, Perry pointed to a state-commissioned study that found in comparison to other public insurance programs, in-home therapy providers were overpaid by Medicaid. It’s no secret Texas lawmakers will have...

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