Policy Solution: Restore Funding for Optional Services
During the 2008 Special Session, the Legislature cut five “optional” services for adults on Medicaid, resulting in a savings of $500,000. Although the fiscal note is relatively low, the cost for those patients who lost these services is very high.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides our state with the resources to restore funding to these critical services. These services—eye glasses, outpatient physical and occupational therapy, speech and hearing—provide vital care for low-income people. Glasses allow a person to be able to drive to work and perform their job. Physical and occupational therapy allow a person to fully recover from an accident and return to work. Example after example shows how health and productivity are increased when patients have access to this care.