State lawmakers cut $350 million from the Medicaid budget for children’s therapy services, and state officials are having trouble finding care providers who will accept the lower reimbursement rates. News outlets also report on Medicaid developments in Kansas, Louisiana and Arizona.
East Texas Children Lose Therapy Services In Budget Cut Fallout
Nearly 300 East Texas children with disabilities who are part of the state’s Early Childhood Intervention program have no one to provide them with medically necessary therapies after the region’s lone provider closed its doors this week in response to hefty budget cuts ordered by state lawmakers. And another 500 children in North Texas are likely to lose their therapy provider at the end of October, also a result of the budget cuts ordered by the legislature in 2015. The Tyler-based nonprofit Andrews Center told state officials months ago that lower reimbursement rates would force it to stop offering …
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