Friday, April 20, 2012

Changes to Medicaid Enrollment Changes Cut Care for Children with Special Needs

Physical therapist Carol Collica,
of Pediatric Services of America,
stretches Mackenzie Williams.
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Five tiny fingers unfurled from a tight fist. Then, 23-month-old Mackenzie Williams rotated her shoulders and stretched her arms into the air.
Mackenzie needed a physical therapist to perform the exercises vital to her health and growth because she has a condition that causes developmental delays, reduced muscle tones and seizures.
The loving persistence of her mother, Morcy Morrell, ensures that Mackenzie receives daily therapy sessions and specialized care at Pediatric Services of America, a physician-prescribed extended-care center for medically fragile children and infants in Grovetown.
Other children aren’t receiving such care after changes were made to Medicaid enrollment.

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