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STATE BUDGET: Fund help for most fragile

Letter by Jan Brown, Lakewood on March 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm | 5 Comments »
April 1, 2011 9:01 am

I hope the state Legislature does not cut life support for our most vulnerable people.

My developmentally disabled daughter is 42 years old and lives at home with her dad and me. She has 18 medical conditions as listed on her DSHS individual support plan, including mental illness and diabetes. She has 18 prescription medicines and takes almost all of them daily to keep her alive and as healthy as possible.

My husband and I have dedicated our lives to her care, and it takes both of us each day and all day for this care. We advocate for her regularly to find services and doctors with compassion. We are asking that the state Legislature support personal care funding.

No one could replace our dedication and love. The funding for personal care covers only a small portion of what we do, but it helps our family greatly. Also, she desperately needs to keep her medicaid pharmacy benefits, physical therapy and podiatry care. It is very short-sighted and immoral to think eliminating services to fragile citizens is the answer to our state’s economic crisis.

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