It’s Not Too Late to Save the Health and Education of Texas Kids: CDF-Texas releases “What Could State Budget Cuts to Medicaid and CHIP Mean to You”

It’s Not Too Late to Save the Health and Education of Texas Kids

CDF-Texas releases “What Could State Budget Cuts to Medicaid and CHIP Mean to You”

AUSTIN – This week, while the Budget Conference Committee works to reach an agreement on what final version of the state budget will move forward, CDF-Texas Associate Director Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus, released the following statement:

“Drastic cuts have been proposed that will jeopardize the education and health of all Texans. Now, instead of taking a balanced approach and identifying short-term solutions to address the state’s temporary economic slowdown, Governor Perry and the Texas House of Representatives are asking Texans to withstand an additional 18% cut in services.

“After years of conservative leadership, Texas already spends less per pupil and less to protect the health and wellbeing of children and vulnerable citizens than most other states. For over a decade, Texas has had the highest rate of uninsured children in the country.

“While far from perfect, the Senate’s proposed budget is significantly better than the House version, and still cuts spending by 9 percent.

“Until a final state budget is passed, it is not too late to save vital health and education services. Parents continue to speak out and are testifying in Austin today about the impact of cuts to their families.

“Today, CDF-Texas released “What Could State Budget Cuts to Medicaid and CHIP Mean to You” a publication about the real life and death consequences Texas families will increasingly face under the proposed House budget if allowed to pass.

“We must call on Governor Perry and the budget conferees to end the current trend of Texas being at the bottom on children’s wellbeing indicators, and build instead, a legacy of healthy and well-educated children.

“There is still time this legislative session for state leaders to stand up and be forward-thinking about what Texans want for the health and future of this state.”

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