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“Texas Medicaid Matters” March & Rally March 5, 2013

 

“Texas Medicaid Matters” March & Rally March 5, 2013

March 5, 2013, Texans will gather at the Capitol to support Medicaid and call on state leaders to make real investments in the health and wellbeing of all Texans. We need your help to send a message to the legislature and state leadership that Medicaid is essential to the health and well being of millions of Texans.

To get involved and lend your support Click here to volunteer, for more information contact Bob Kafka at bob.adapt@sbcglobal.net to download a march & rally flyer click here.

10:00 a.m. – People begin gathering for march & rally on the south side of the Congress bridge.

 

10:45 a.m. – March begins.

 

11:30 a.m. – Rally on the south steps of the state Capitolmmmtx – Home.

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Miss America autistic contestant Miss Montana is pageants first – National Strange News | Examiner.com

Miss America autistic contestant Miss Montana is pageants first – National Strange News | Examiner.com.

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Texas ranks 49th in mental health spending; we can do a lot better | Health Blog

Texas ranks 49th in mental health spending; we can do a lot better | Health Blog.

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Texas ranks last in mental health funding | wfaa.com Dallas – Fort Worth

Families,

After reading this, remember that next year we will be battling additional proposed funding cuts by the state.

 

Texas ranks last in mental health funding | wfaa.com Dallas – Fort Worth.

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Groups: Autism not to blame for violence – CNN.com

A really good article relating to Autism for our members.  Please feel free to comment here as well.

Groups: Autism not to blame for violence – CNN.com.

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Flu, fever linked with autism in pregnancy study – Vitals

Flu, fever linked with autism in pregnancy study – Vitals.

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Upcoming Texas Legislative Session, Again

Believe it or not it is time, once again, to prepare to meet with our lawmakers to explain the need and benefit of our programs for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This session is going to prove to be just as challenging as the last session. Although the financial condition of the State is much better than last session, the Governor is again calling for a 10% cut to your program. We received the proposed numbers from the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) this week. We are looking at significant cuts in almost all HCS services including Foster Care. Daily rates in Foster Care could drop by as much as $8.38 per DAY. That is over $250.00 per month.
As last session I am asking that everyone get in involved in the legislative process and start contacting your state representatives and senators. In order to talk directly to your legislators you need to make contact BEFORE the session starts. Once the session starts, you will most likely be talking to an aide. Remember, your elected officials are the only people in the state that can keep your program whole.

As always, please feel free to contact me or Jason at our office number. Like last session, we will be making weekly trips to Austin once the session begins. We will fight to keep your program intact but one of the questions we heard many times last session was “why aren’t we hearing from the families?” We couldn’t answer them. Please help us keep this program together for the sake of our loved ones who desperately need the benefit of it services.

Thanks for your attention.
Tom Berry
tom@berryfamilyservices.com

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