As you said, it isn't just Missouri! That has been my biggest fear. Dubya is cutting federal medicaid too, cost shifting expenses to states.....most states are already in budget crises themselves. No one wants to close corporate loopholes, raise taxes, so cuts HAVE to be made. Medicaid is growing in cost annually nationally. It's prime cut for the chopping block. There's lots of talk about SCHIPS and how important it is, but they haven't put their money where their mouths are. Our kids are at serious risk. Kerry's talking about a plan to cover all kids under 18 and also there's talk about high risk pooling, which would be all of us! We all need to stay education and on the ball with our state and local representatives. I hate to make our kids "freaks" but let me tell you, after going to our state capital and seeing the parade of special needs kids wearing shirts in support of programs, it makes a powerful statement. No one wants to hurt a child, especially a small child with disabilities. I think it's political suicide. Let them try it! NEVER get between parents of special needs kids and their children! It is BAD news! We need to remember our power, because we do have some!
You go, Clare!
Melisande H. Mother to The Preeminent Grand Poohba Donovan (5/27/03), still some "resolving" apnea, on the autism spectrum and some cerebellar malformations. Trached since he was 6 weeks old. Recently DECANNULATED 4/16/09!! Big brother to Conrad!