Saturday, January 14, 2012

Changes to Medicaid Sowing Uncertainty

WICHITA, Kansas -- Wichitan Jennifer Norgren has sparkling brown eyes and smiles a lot. She’s ornery and, well, boy crazy.
She’s like many other young women.
Jennifer is also developmentally disabled and lives at home with her parents. She was born with Down syndrome 22 years ago. She’s blind, uses a wheelchair and has hydrocephalus, or water on the brain.
Her developmental level ranges from 24 to 36 months, depending on the area being measured. She’s also a cancer survivor.
“For as much as she’s gone through, she has a really positive attitude,” said her mother, Terri Norgren. “She is one of the happiest persons I’ve ever met. Always has a smile on her face. She does like boys. She had a date to the prom two years ago and had a blast.”
She also needs around-the-clock care. Terri, 55, and her husband, Ron, 57, are worn out.
They wonder what will happen to their daughter as they grow older and when they are no longer around
. That’s one reason they want to put their daughter in a group home.

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