Our daily digest is a mid-day update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re watching:



That’s the message health care advocates for children and the disabled are sending to their lawmakers in Washington. They rallied at the State Capitol Wednesday morning, urging senators not to make deep cuts to Medicaid as proposed in the GOP health care bill.


Many who showed up to rally say they’re worried about special needs kids. That’s because some have already lost critical therapy services since the state let $350 million in Medicaid cuts to speech, occupational and physical therapy take effect.


Children make up the majority of Medicaid recipients in Texas. Some Republican lawmakers argue that their version of the health care bill is necessary to put Medicaid on a sustainable path and give states more flexibility.


But some health care advocates say what’s currently happening in the state should be a wake-up call to what could happen nationwide.


“We’ve already seen families in Texas have lost support for their children because of cuts the Texas legislature made,” Peter Clark with Texans Care for Children said. “If the Senate health care bill passes, the cuts for Texans with disabilities would be much, much bigger.”


Coming up on Capital Tonight at 7, hear from the mother of a special needs child and why she fears what could happen under the Senate health care bill.


We’ll also be joined by Dr. Deane Waldman, director of the Center for Healthcare Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.


Plus, our political analysts, Democrat Harold Cook and Republican Ted Delisi, will be in with their take.


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