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Wed Sep 30, 2015, 08:24 PM

Amid Lawsuit, Lt. Gov. Patrick Defends Medicaid Cuts to Therapy

Amid an ongoing lawsuit over deep cuts that lawmakers made this year to a therapy program for children with disabilities, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday offered a sternly worded defense of the Legislature’s move.

"Anyone claiming the Legislature arbitrarily instructed {the Texas Health and Human Services Commission} to save taxpayers $100 million by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse without consideration of the potential impact on Texas' most vulnerable citizens — is just flat wrong,” Patrick said in a statement.

The comments came after state lawmakers in recent weeks wrote to Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor, urging him to use caution when making the cuts included in the lawmakers’ biennial budget. The tone of those letters ranged from politely outraged to cautious, with lawmakers from both parties either urging state officials not to move forward with the cuts, or to at least be sure not to jeopardize children’s access to care when making them.

Patrick reiterated that the cuts passed with bipartisan support and would not endanger access to care and were meant to “make sure no provider or anyone else takes advantage of the families they serve or the taxpayers."

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/09/30/amid-lawsuit-dan-patrick-defends-medicaid-cuts-the/

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Reply Amid Lawsuit, Lt. Gov. Patrick Defends Medicaid Cuts to Therapy (Original post)
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Thu Oct 1, 2015, 08:01 AM

1. For instance, take a water bill from a city water department, how could sending in less

money than the set amount for services and price per gallon, continue to provide water for you and your children to drink, prevent thirst and dehydration and be available for cleaning and sanitation? Dan Patrick is a cruel deceiver and probable liar, in my opinion. And there is the sick-o thought by the GOP mindset, of these children and their parents wanting to water their lawn instead of really drinking water.

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