The Rio Grande Valley consists primarily of low income families who receive medical care under state funding. These low income families have recently been switched from Traditional Texas Medicaid to Managed Care Organizations who make it difficult for these families to receive quality therapeutic and medical services in a timely manner.
Since Managed Care rolled out on March 1st 2012 doctors, therapists, pharmacists, and others who provide services to low income families in the Rio Grande Valley have been affected negatively. The Rio Grande Valley is unlike any other region in the state, because of the amount of low income families and individuals who rely on State Medicaid funds to provide quality healthcare services.
With the introduction of managed care many therapy clinics have had to discontinue therapy services or place patients on hold beacause of new rules regarding different managed care organizations. This "break" between therapy services is detrimental to quality of care and patient progress. Patients are now going weeks without receiving the quality speech, occupational, and physical therapy services that they so desperately require. Many manged care organizations are also requiring stringent guidelines for doctors to follow which in turn relates to even more stringent guidleines for parents to follow. As it is most of these parents do not have money for gas to attend "extra" doctor visits to meet these guidelines and as a result their children are not gettng the quality services that they deserve.
By providing skilled therapy services to children in the Rio Grande Valley, we are providing opportunities for advancement and "leveling the playing field" so that children in the Rio Grande Valley may have the same opportunities as children from other areas across the state and United States.
Since Managed Care has been in our area it has only caused Therapy Clinics to close down, therapists to lose their jobs, and children to be put on hold or denied the skilled therapy services that they desperately need.
We would like to ask that you consider how Managed Care is negatively affecting low income families, children, therapists, the economy and the community as a whole. We ask that you cut the Rio Grande Valley and Therapy Services out of the Managed Care segment so that we can continue to provide quality and continued care to these patients who so desperately need our services.