Millions of Dollars Could be Cut from Kids Therapy through Medicaid in Two Weeks

AMARILLO - Medicaid reimbursements have been declining for several years, but this year, Pediatric Therapy practices could see a major cut.
 
Those cuts would specifically affect disabled and special needs children in Texas and are set to start two weeks from now. 
 
State funding for Medicaid reimbursement for disabled children's therapy will soon be cut and millions of Texas families could be affected.
 
"I really think if they took this funding away that it would really be a blow to the community," said Tommy Lee, Parent. 
 
The $350 million in cuts were approved by the legislature last year.
 
But it's been pushed back several times due to lawsuits but those ultimately failed. 
 
"This discussion has been going on for over a year maybe close to a couple of years by now and it got pushed back a couple of times. So we've been sort of expecting it and projecting the cuts," said Krista King, Turn Center-Director of Business Services.
 
For officials at the Turn Center, seeing Medicaid reimbursements decline is nothing new, in fact, King says for several years it's been declining by 1-7% a year. But this year would be different.
 
"We've been seeing Medicaid declining in reimbursements over the past several years but it's just a small percentage every year. But 30% in one year is a pretty big cut, especially for a small not for profit organization like we are," said King.
 
The Turn Center sees many patients in the Panhandle. 
 
And King says they've never experienced a cut of that magnitude before.
  
In dollar amounts, we're told that's more than $300,000 the facility would lose all at once. 
 
"I don't know how we would find the therapy and the help that we need without Turn Center. Without just a place to come where it's all encompassing," said Elizabeth Baca, Parent.
 
The Turn Center sees kids from every county in the Texas Panhandle, some from the Oklahoma Panhandle, Southern Kansas, and North Eastern New Mexico.
 
We're told the cut won't affect current staff at the Turn Center.
   
But it will affect the center's ability to add other services, hire new employees and help more children
 
We're told the kids that are seen at the center are special needs, medically fragile, have down syndrome, cerebral palsy, brain injuries and all other types of developmental disorders. 
 

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