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Katie Beckett families still holding on for approvals

March 1, 2006

Albany-- An update on a story we've been following. A south Georgia mom of special-needs kids hopes to help other parents who were denied state money they've depended on for years.

The Katie Beckett waiver serves as supplemental insurance for families who have trouble paying to care for children with disabilities. Because of stricter eligibility requirements, about 1,600 lost the coverage.

Deborah Salter has two special-needs kids. She appealed after coverage was denied for her oldest daughter. Just yesterday, she got word the state granted her appeal.

"When you know that you've got to fight this kind of battle it just takes whatever resources you've got left in you out. A lot of parents would give up and I'm telling parents don't give up. Do not give up," says Salter.

Salter says the appeals process may confuse many parents and she wants to help. She says she has a computer and she wants to sit down with anyone who needs assistance. 

She's still waiting on continuation of care approval for her youngest daughter.

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