Last year, the Legislature approved
The case is still pending, but the temporary injunction didn't apply to managed care organizations. They've passed the cuts on to providers, who have had to drop patients or shut their doors, according to child advocacy groups.
Tearful parents who lauded the benefits of therapy asked the
Thursday was the first time parents and advocacy groups had the opportunity to provide comments on the cuts to lawmakers during a
"Look at the kids here who need all the therapy that they can get. They're here because of the therapies that help us too, even though we are the parent," said
"I'm trying to make sure ... that we're going to still take care of these children. On the other hand, I want to make sure we have the resources to take care of everybody ... that we're not paying more," Nelson said Thursday.
Opponents of the cuts argued that the reduced rates would cut revenue by 18 percent to 28 percent and force physical, occupational and speech therapists to close their doors, interrupting vital services to an estimated 60,000 disabled
At least three home therapy provider groups in the
Another three provider groups that provide therapy for children younger than 3 years old through early childhood intervention programs have stopped their programs altogether, according to
"When we look at the health care research, rates account for 5 percent of waste while poor quality services account for 14 percent," Clapsaddle said. "So we're leaving a lot of money on the table."
(c)2016 Austin American-Statesman, Texas
Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.