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April 4, 2019
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GUILLEN FIGHTS FOR MEDICAL BENEFITS FOR TEXANS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed a measure this legislative session to allow individuals with intellectual disabilities to continue receiving medical assistance despite a minor technical or clerical error on a renewal application or other documents for renewal of benefits.
"Those with intellectual disabilities should always be covered by medical assistance," said Guillen. "But simple clerical or technical errors can have a crushing affect on these vulnerable individuals."
Currently, some exceptions exist to allow certain individuals with intellectual disabilities to continue to receive medical benefits. For example, even with a temporary increase in income for a month or less, which would otherwise disqualify these individuals from medical assistance, Texas laws protect these benefits. However, minor technical or clerical errors can still disqualify these individuals from medical assistance benefits, despite the fact that many of the errors are caused by the Department.
Rep. Guillen's HB 2474 would increase the protection of those medical benefits for individuals with intellectual disability by preventing minor errors on renewal applications from disqualifying these individuals.
"These fellow Texans are vulnerable and need the state's help in ensuring their quality of life," added Guillen. "Small errors should not threaten someone's health and well-being."
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen