Viewpoints: Texas needs to help — not pick on — children with disabilities

Updated Nov 13, 2017
    Editorial Board
On Oct. 26, 2017, Lilian Dinh, student at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, helped Ben Sears undergo physical therapy at his home. (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Picking on the most vulnerable is not the Texas way. Yet, it is exactly what state lawmakers do each time they take aim at programs that serve children with disabilities. It’s no surprise then that in its quest to change how it handles Medicaid, Texas has hurt more than helped hundreds of children with disabilities.

The list of hurt caused by cuts and the privatization of Medicaid is long. Families report less access to much-needed medical services, such as life-altering therapies and critical prescription drugs for children, the American-Statesman’s Julie Chang reported. Less timely access to services has created life-or-death situations for some children and regressed hard-fought progress for others. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING.