There are going to be some changes regarding the medical cuts for children’s in Teas. The Texas Supreme Court decided on Friday to have a budget cut from the money the state pays therapists who are treating children with disabilities. The state lawmakers ordered this one year ago, but only on last Friday, the Court decided what to do.
It all started when a group of people from Texas filed a lawsuit against the 350 million dollars cut to Medicaid. This is a federal-state insurance program for those people who are disabled. They said that the cut will affect so much the healthcare providers that they would have to close their business. There are thousands of children who need therapy and this includes not only the physical therapy but also solving speech issues and teaching parents how to take care of them.
However, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission thought that the providers were overpaid by Medicaid. They though that the cut will not reduce children’s access to services. It seems that the Supreme Court had the same opinion because they decided to cut payments by 25 percent. This will affect all the therapists who are doing in-home work for patients.
The biggest issue is what is going to happen with those children who need help to walk or eat. These cuts could affect them because many providers will not be able to take care of so many patients as they did it in the past. There are many people who think that the authorities should wait before having this cuts. Kids with disabilities need their support and this means also money for the therapy.
Rachel Hammon, who is the executive direct of the Texas Association of Home Care and Hospice, did not agree with this decision. She thinks that these changes will have a major impact on the children who need help.
It is very difficult to make a decision like this, especially when we are talking about disabled kids. Even though the Texas Supreme Court decided, the authorities should find also ways to provide the same services to children who need them. They are depending on that help to have a normal life and be able to do things , like walking. They must be protected and helped by the law.
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