Fight for Pediatric Therapy in Texas
UPDATE-Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to sign and share the petition. The Medicaid system in Texas is 1 day away from a catastrophic rate cut for pediatric therapy. Many therapy codes will see a cut of close to 25%. Keep spreading the word! We will submit this petition to as many politicians as we possibly can before the 12/15/2016 rate cuts.
Pediatric therapy in Texas is struggling. Thousands of the youngest and most vulnerable Texans are at risk of losing their Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy services. Be the voice for the children of Texas!
Texas Medicaid and the Managed Care Organizations have made it increasingly difficult for children to receive services that are crucial for their development. Children who are forced to go without services will struggle at home, in school and as adults in the future. The future of children has come down to dollars and cents in the eyes of the Texas Legislature. This is a dangerous and short sighted view of monetary savings. These children will require even more intervention in the future as they transition into school and the work force. Sign this petition to show our Texas Legislature that the children of Texas deserve better!
Over the last few years, the Texas Medicaid system has transitioned over to Managed Care Organizations. Many of these for profit companies are not based in the State of Texas. The tax dollars of our state are being funneled all over the country while the children of our state suffer the consequences. MCO's have placed increasingly strict rules on which children receive therapy. They more often than not pay providers at substantially lower reimbursement rates than providers originally received from Texas Medicaid. Many of these reimbursement rates are not sustainable for the small therapy companies across the state. This has resulted in companies closing their doors or choosing to stop treating pediatric patients. These patients are left with no where to turn for their therapy services. The Texas Legislature is putting the children that need therapy services through undue stress. The Texas Legislature is slowly putting small therapy companies out of business.