"I was in a state (institution) and my life was hell," Albert Metz said using a computer to speak for him. "Now I have my own apartment, and Medicaid matters because it pays for my medicine and the repairs to my wheelchairs and my communication device and it also pays for my attendant care."
The Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice, in a separate statement Tuesday, called on lawmakers to reinstate funding cut last year for home care and hospice.
"Home care and hospice services are the most cost-effective methods of care for Medicare and Medicaid," said Rachel Hammon, the association's executive director. "The use of these services contributes to billions of dollars in taxpayer savings by preventing or reducing the use of more expensive emergency room, hospital and nursing home services."
Others calling for robust funding of Medicaid talked about how the program helped care for a disabled child and employed more than 500,000 health care providers in Texas.