Governor of Texas: Rick Perry
United States of America

Recently, the Texas Health and Human Service Commission has reinterpreted laws which now prohibit transporting children to appointments without the accompaniment of a legal guardian.

In addition, the new interpretations have ceased all free transportation services provided by providers. According to the US Census Bureau's American Community Service, Hidalgo and Cameron counties rank number 1 and number 2, respectively, as the poorest counites in all of Texas.

This, combined with the issue of a multitude of undocumented families, access to care under the new interpretations of the law are places major barriers on Valley families.

The Rio Grande Valley is in a state of crisis due to recent Medicaid and Medicaid Transportation changes. The HMOs have made it nearly impossible for providers to render services to Medicaid clients by continually denying necessary services.

In addition to this, HHSC's new interpretation of transportation laws have placed an even bigger hurdle for our low-income families to access services - demanding that all complimentary transportation services be stopped and parents be with their children.

The large family units and the documentaiton status of our families in the Rio Grande Valley make it virtually impossible for a patient to obtain a ride through Medicaid Transportation with contracted provider placing strict regulaitons on who can come with the patient, the need for a legal form of identification of the individual accompanying the patient and often refusing to go into the colonias to pick up patients.

We want the State of Texas to realize that the changes in the law are not a one size fits all approach. The Valley is unique, which is why managed care has been banned from the Valley for so many years. Now, we are having all of these changes and all at once. Our families are suffering, and our providers are being put out of business.

Please sign this petition to urge our government to reexamine the recent changes and make healthcare accessible to Valley families.

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The The Valley has a Voice petition to Governor of Texas: Rick Perry was written by Brandy Stronczek and is in the category Health at GoPetition.