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Texas: Don’t shortchange children

The Texas Supreme Court has extended a temporary lifeline to children with severe disabilities who rely on Medicaid-funded physical, speech and occupational therapy services. But a more permanent solution is needed.

The court earlier this month reinstated an injunction issued by a Travis County district judge last fall, blocking legislative attempts to slash $150 million in such funds provided to some of the state’s youngest residents.

The cuts were slated to go into effect July 15 and would have reduced reimbursement to providers of those services by roughly 20 percent. This jeopardized the ability of many in-home therapy providers to remain in business.

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