Excerpt from PR.com: (click for entire article)
Medicaid recipients in Texas, including more than 510,000 people with disabilities, are set to lose access to care if the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) implements proposed rate cuts for therapy services. The HHSC has proposed an across the board average cut to therapy services of 52%.
The proposed reimbursement rates pay the therapist much less than the actual cost of the service; as a result, many therapists will be forced to stop accepting many or all Medicaid patients or close their practices completely. The cuts will impact people receiving physical, occupational and speech therapy, including children receiving early childhood services for developmental delays.
Thousands of Texans who rely on therapy services provided by Medicaid will be left without access to care as a result of the drastic rate reduction. This will inevitably put patients at risk and greatly increase the cost of care by forcing patients to utilize more expensive forms for care such as emergency rooms and hospitals, only increasing an already critical problem.