Millions of dollars in Medicaid cuts to disability services proposed


In what could be another blow to people with disabilities, the state has proposed millions of dollars in Medicaid cuts to in-home services for people with intellectual disabilities.

About 50 people spoke against the proposed rate reductions on Thursday during a hearing held by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The bulk of those who testified have or are relatives of those who are nonverbal or have seizures or who have disabilities that include autism, cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome. They told officials that the cuts would end up costing the state more in the long run and put the state’s most vulnerable people in danger by forcing them to turn to low-quality providers.

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