Thursday, October 18, 2012

Medicaid: Showing We Value People

Great read by a parent of two children with autism and how Medicaid is helping them.

CARY, N.C. -- There’s been a lot of talk about the “moocher” class – those Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes and those who receive some kind of government benefit.
I must confess, I have two moochers living in my house – my sons, Kenny and Theo, ages 13 and 11 respectively.
They both have autism, and they both have cognitive and severe language delays. Because of their disabilities, they receive Medicaid coverage, which pays for speech therapy and occupational therapy as well as their medical care. Medicaid also pays for a service called home and community support, which provides staff who work with the boys on goals like how to make purchases at stores and how to behave appropriately in public.

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