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Texas’ Medicaid waiver system for disabled residents is plagued by underfunding, staffing shortages and a lack of oversight, failing thousands.

An article in the Austin American-Statesman by Caroline Ghisolfi, Nicole Foy, and Tony Plohetski details the journey one family endured after the death of their daughter in a group home for individuals with disabilities. Their fight to find justice for her death exposed failures in how state and private companies manage the care of some of the thousands of disabled residents in the Texas Medicaid waiver system.

Over 100,000 disabled Texans receive care through the Medicaid-funded waiver system that provides care at home or in residential settings.

Read more in the Austin American-Statesman here: Abuse, neglect and death: How Texas fails thousands of disabled residents.


Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

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