Medicaid

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After more than a year of delays, Texas health officials are moving to block the women's health provider Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds beginning next month.

In October 2015, Texas officials told Planned Parenthood that the state intended to bar the organization from the public insurance program. Planned Parenthood responded with a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the state.

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Beginning Thursday the State of Texas will cut the amount it pays to therapists who treat some of the state’s most vulnerable children. Families are now worried they’ll lose care that is teaching their children important life skills. 

In the living room of her family’s home outside of Austin,  9- year old Briana Dupuie smiles broadly as her physical therapist tosses a fuzzy yellow tennis ball and Briana tries to catch it. 

If you get sick or injured in Texas – you’d best do it in the city. Texas rural health care is in crisis. In the last three years 15 rural hospitals have closed their doors and more are expected to follow suit. This leaves a highly vulnerable population without quick access to health care and emergency treatment.

David Pearson is trying to find a way to reverse the trend. Pearson is the president/CEO  of the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals.

President-elect Donald Trump unveiled two big health care decisions Tuesday.

Last year, the Texas legislature approved a $350 million cut in Medicaid reimbursement rates to early childhood intervention therapists and providers. The cuts, made to help balance a billion dollars in property tax relief, affect the most vulnerable Texas children — those born extremely prematurely or with Down syndrome or other genetic conditions that put them at risk for developmental delay.

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