Texas has 13 state-supported living centers that serve over 3,000 people with disabilities, but 105,000 people are still waiting.
The Arc of Texas 2016/2017 Legislative Platform lays out our priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session. Issues that are important to The Arc of Texas in this session include Long Term Services and Supports, Early Intervention and Education, Employment, and Guardianship. To find out more in-depth information, you can read our detailed priorities.
The Arc of Texas has launched our new, easy-to-use Action Center! The Action Center will help you stay informed on policy issues, learn who represents you, and most importantly, help you make your voice heard now and throughout the 85th legislative session.
STAR Kids is a new Texas Medicaid managed care program for children and adults 20 or younger who have disabilities which will begin on November 1st, 2016. Under STAR Kids, individuals will receive their Medicaid services through a managed care organization (MCO). Individuals who are enrolled in the Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP) will receive all of their services, including long term services and supports, through STAR Kids. Individuals receiving all other Medicaid waiver services (DBMD, HCS, CLASS and TxHmL) will continue to receive their long term services through their waiver, but will enroll with a STAR Kids MCO for their medical services like doctor visits, prescriptions or durable medical equipment.
Everyone will be assigned a service area and you will be required to choose between at least two MCOs. You can find which MCOs will provide services to your area by visiting the STAR Kids website. We encourage you to start reaching out to them now so you can make the best decision in October when you will have to choose an MCO. Most importantly, you’re going to want to make sure the providers you use (doctors, therapists, specialists, etc.) are enrolled with the MCOs in your area.
And, of course, you can contact The Arc of Texas at 1-800-252-9729