July 16, 2015

What You Need To Know About Proposed Pediatric Therapy Reimbursement Cuts in Texas

KeepTherapyinTexasThe Texas Health and Human Services Commission has released a new rate packet for pediatric therapy services. The proposed therapy rate cut plan is a 30% reduction for medically necessary therapy services provided to the children that we serve. It is scheduled to go into effect on September 1, 2015 and will seriously threaten access-to-care for acute care therapy services.

Whether you are on the provider or patient side, it will take all of us working together and communicating with our legislators in order to raise awareness about the medical necessity of these services. We have provided some information for you below to help you join together with us in this effort.

The materials and resources below, provided by the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice, will aide you in communicating effectively with your legislators.

  • Call the Capitol or District office of your legislator and ask to speak to the person who handles health care issues.  You can  find your legislator by visiting the website Who Represents Me and typing in your home address.
  • Introduce yourself, tell them you are a constituent and talk about your either service area – including how many people you employ in the region and how many patients you serve — or your child and what the loss of these services would mean to them.
  • Call your legislators and invite them to attend the upcoming public rate hearing on July 20th at HHSC. You may use these talking points to discuss therapy rates.
  • How can they help you?  Ask your legislator to weigh-in with the Health and Human Services Commission.  Here is a sample letter that your legislators can use to write to Commissioner Traylor.
  • Finally, follow-up the phone call with a thank you email to the person you spoke to and/or to your legislator.  In your written correspondence, thank them for their attention to this issue and urge them to attend the public hearing.  Here is a sample letter that you can email to your legislator.

If you are a parent of a child receiving therapy services, please use the sample letter/talking points. The more stories of real children receiving these medically necessary services that we can put in front of the legislators, the better.

Share this information with your friend and family members and help us get the word out on social media!

If you would like more information about pediatric therapy services in Texas for your child, fill out our request care form today!