Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
January 25, 2006
Albany-- The cost of health care is a burden to many families. For families with special-needs children, the costs can be tremendous. A medicaid program in effect since the 1980's gave many families extra help to help care for their children. Some parents may now have to find other means.
The odds of being struck by lightning are one in millions, but one in only five people will have a disability in their lifetime. "Things like down syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy," says Easter Seals Respite and Family Support Manager Nicki Wilson. The local Easter Seals office serves more than 1,800 special needs families. Many can't afford the medical care they need.
"Because they have a loved one with a disability, they end up living in poverty because a lot of them are dependent on disability income," says Wilson. Higher income families not dependent on disability income, depend on the Katie Beckett Medicaid program. It serves as supplemental insurance for many including the Salter family who has two special needs kids.
"There's just a lot of expenses involved with keeping them in the home. The Katie Beckett waiver has afforded us the luxury and the safety net to provide for them and keep them in the home," says Deborah Salter. But keeping them in the home may be more difficult with stricter eligibility requirements.
"The Georgia Medical Care Foundation had been using the adult level of care criteria instead of the pediatric level of care criteria," says Salter. 13-year-old Savannah has already been what the family considers wrongfully denied her annual renewal.
"If we lose the Katie Beckett waiver on Abigail, we'll also lose her nursing," says Salter. Combined, the two kids see 16 specialty pediatric physicians and need help from three homebound therapists on top of much needed medical equipment and care. Those things aren't affordable without the program.
"We're going to have to turn our kids over as wards of the state in hopes that they'll be able to get medically managed in an institutionalized environment," says Salter.
"These families need help too," says Wilson.
Families want the continued help of the Katie Beckett program to keep kids like Savannah and Abigail growing stronger in the comfort of home.
Since June, nearly 2,800 Georgia families applied to continue getting the benefits. Only 37 percent have been approved.