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Do not implement the planned Medicaid Cuts

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Governor Abbott,

We understand that you have instructed the Heath and Human Services Committee of the State of Texas to proceed with the 100 million dollars in Medicaid funding budget cuts which currently provides therapeutic services to our children. We are aware that a law suit has been filed to stop these devastating cuts and you have told the HHCS to proceed with these cuts.

We are a bi-partisan list of concerned citizens that understand the consequences of this irresponsible legislative act. This will not only impact currently funded Medicaid services, but will also adversely effect the early Childhood Intervention dollars that also provide quality services. This act will force some of our most trusted providers of services to close their doors as they will not be able to provide basic speech, occupational and or physical therapy services at a reimbursement rate that is being created by your decision. The consequences of thousands of our children not receiving quality services will become cost prohibitive beginning September 1, 2015 and certainly in the long run for our state. This immediate and irreparable injury to our children must be stopped.

We applaud the 60 Bi-partisan legislators that have also appealed to you, but to no avail. As such, we are hopeful that you will consider the voice of the voters that now choose to communicate with you, an elected official charged with the task of representing all of our citizens. We are asking you to think about the thousands of children that use these services, children that have survived cancer treatments, children with learning differences, Autism Spectrum, premature births, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, ADHD, behavioral issues, and the others on the exhaustive list of who is eligible to receive services.

As we are one of the wealthiest states in the nation with a budget surplus, please create a solution to serve all of our citizens equally. We expect Texas to become a leader in this country in the provision of health care that is accessible to every child born. Do not implement the Medicaid cuts September 1, and find a fair solution so that each child in our state can thrive, regardless of their income level.

Thank you for your consideration.

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