Bill to expand care for disabled clears Senate

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 7:04 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill that Republican leaders say would provide Medicaid services to 12,000 additional people with disabilities has cleared the Texas Senate.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Jane Nelson on Monday described the measure as one of the signature health care measures in the Texas Legislature this session. They say the bill redesigns Medicaid long-term services in Texas by more accurately assessing the needs for people with mental and developmental disabilities.

Nelson said the state will now be able to "zero in" on the best care for those patients. The chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee added that the bill carries widespread support from advocacy groups.

The bill now goes to the Texas House.

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