WHAT STATE BUDGET CUTS MEANS FOR BRIGHTON CENTER AND THE FAMILIES WE SERVE
Brighton Center’s Early Childhood Intervention program (ECI) provides home-based therapy services to 1,700 babies and toddlers (ages 0-3) every year throughout Bexar County. 66% of the families that are served through this program are on Medicaid and in 2016 Medicaid reimbursement rates in the State of Texas for therapy services were cut by an average of 25%, a devastating cut to Brighton’s ECI program and the children that we serve. In order to maintain the high quality level of services that children with disabilities and delays deserve, Brighton has worked tirelessly to serve more children, provide more services and do so with the same amount of resources prior to the cuts taking place. However, this model of care is not sustainable and the organization expects a potential $190,000 loss in 2017 alone. As a program that has operated with a balanced budget for almost 30 years, this kind of deficit could have enormous impact on our agency that collectively serves more than 2,500 children with disabilities and delays every year.
On January 31, the Texas Senate Finance Committee will hear public testimony on its 2018 and 2019 budget proposals for the Health and Human Services Commission, the commission that manages Medicaid. On this day, you can speak directly to legislators writing the budget during the Texas Senate Finance Committee hearing on Medicaid funding for therapies for children with disabilities.
If you cannot be there in person, we ask that you email, tweet or call your representative. You can contact Senator Uresti, who represents San Antonio, and is also a voting member of the Texas Senate Finance Committee. Share with him what a reduction of Medicaid funding would mean to your child with a disability and your family.
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING: ARTICLE II
TIME & DATE: 9:00 AM, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
PLACE: Texas State Capitol 1100 Congress Avenue, E1.036 Austin, TX, 78701
PUBLIC TESTIMONY: Those wishing to give public testimony, please limit prepared remarks to 3 minutes. If submitting written testimony, please submit 40 copies, with your name on each copy, to the Committee during the hearing.
Find a link to watch hearings here: http://www.senate.texas.gov/events.php