We've been busy working with our partners to urge state leaders to reconsider the controversial rate cuts to acute care therapies for children with disabilities.
We are particularly concerned about the potential impact to the state's Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program, which provides critical support for children from birth to age three with disabilities and developmental delays. As we explained in the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio-Express News, and elsewhere, supporting these kids during early childhood makes a lifelong difference.
Unfortunately, our analysis of the Legislature's recent ECI decisions shows that the proposed Medicaid reimbursement rate cuts would be just the latest hit to the program and the kids it serves.
Over the last few weeks we've been pleased to see growing bipartisan pressure to reconsider the cuts to therapies for children with disabilities, but we know that more Texans need to raise their voices if we are going to successfully protect the children who rely on these services.
This Friday you have an opportunity to weigh in. The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will hold a hearing at 9:00 am in Austin to receive public input on the proposed cuts.
Let state leaders know we need to protect access to life-changing services for children with disabilities and developmental delays and strengthen the Texas ECI program.
Thank you for speaking out for Texas children.