Parents rally against Medicaid Cuts
SPOKANE, Wash. — Thousands of Americans around the country protested the proposed cuts to Medicaid under the American Health Care Act Tuesday.
In Spokane, dozens gathered outside of Republican Representative Cathy Mcmorris-Rodgers’ downtown office.
‘I don’t know what i would do,’ was the common phrase.
Dozens of parents with developmentally disabled children used in protest of Medicaid cuts they say are so much more than healthcare.
$800 billion dollars is the amount of money the American Health Care Act proposes to cut from Medicaid, which would put 10 million disabled Americans at risk of losing the services they depend on.
Nearly 50 thousand live in Washington.
Some were present at today’s rally while others were represented by their parents. Like Stacey Klim, whose son Jackson was born with a rare brain malformation.
“The biggest problem is he has seizures. He had about 10-15 seizures a day and then we found his miracle drug so he went from 10-15 a day to about 6 a year.,” she said.
Medicaid pays for that medication that costs thousands a year.
She added, “if we didn’t have Medicaid we wouldn’t be able to afford that seizure medication. Before that came along Jackson had very little quality of life.”
Medicaid has aided Darci Ladwigs daughter born prematurely since the beginning when she weighed only 15 ounces and was hospitalized for 8 months.
She said, “I know that her stay was well over a million dollars so i don’t know what we would of done in that instance.”
But Medicaid does so much more than that.
It provided the Klim family with a stroller to take their son who cannot walk outdoors.
“For the last 9 years of his life we’ve done Bloomsday, and we are able to go for hikes that have trails with his jogger,” she said.
For the Ladwigs, Medicaid Personal Care Hours that see someone coming in to their home and helping with the care of their daughter, an optional service that could go away if the proposed act is passed.
“Medicaid allows her to live at home with me,” she said.
Both moms have worked hard to keep the disabled out of institutions and in their homes and the community.
“If we do these cuts, these caps on Medicaid, those people are going to be taken out of their homes and put back in those institutions. This isn’t 1960 anymore. We don’t put people in institutions because we don’t want to look at them anymore,” explained Stacey Klim.
The Arc of Spokane asked those at the rally to write to their representatives to see that they don’t become permanent.
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