AUSTIN (KXAN) — A move in the state legislature is making it hard for kids in Texas to get the specialized care they need.
John Branham with Any Baby Can joined us in the KXAN studio to discuss the impact these rate cuts are having.
The Medicaid rate cuts would affect the reimbursement rates, which pay for therapies like physical, speech and occupational therapies.
“The Early Childhood Intervention program, one of the services we offer at Any Baby Can, offers family-focused, cost-effective services to children age birth to three with significant developmental delays and disabilities,” said Branham. “Families and professionals work as a team to plan appropriate services based on the unique needs of the child and family and provide these services in natural settings, such as the home or at child care.”
These cuts would prevent many families then from accessing these much needed services. The expected cuts to the program’s revenue will be at least $200,000. Medicaid billing is by far the largest and most prominent funding source for ECI programs.
“Children that don’t have access to the therapies they need will enter school needlessly unprepared,” said Branham. “The Special Education system is now also in jeopardy due qualifications being narrowed further removing these services from those who need it the most.”
It is important to address the needs of these children during the ages of 0 to 3, because that is the most crucial developmental stage so they are school-ready, said Branham.