EL PASO - Medicaid supporters gathered in downtown El Paso today, to protest cuts to the program.
Gov. Rick Perry said Medicaid costs strain the state's budget, and has warned lawmakers to get the program under control; Texas lawmakers cut just over $3 billion from the Medicaid program last year, to balance the budget.
Protesters argue those cuts hurt those relying on the program for health care and jobs.
One El Pasoan we spoke with said more Medicaid cuts would be devastating.
"I have Medicaid to provide [me with a] personal care attendant. If I don't have a personal care attendant, I will not be able to work. I will not be able to be a taxpayer. I will not be able to sustain my home,” said Luis Enrique Chu, a protester.
This protest was held simultaneously with other cities around Texas, like Austin. The demonstration is part of the "My Medicaid Matters" campaign, which aims to educate Texans, legislators and congress about the importance of Medicaid.