Medicaid Coverage For Every Disabled Child in Michigan
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In more than half of the 50 states, children with disabilities automatically get Medicaid and SSI. In Michigan that is not the case. In Michigan, SSI and Medicaid are dependent on income, and the threshold is very low. Even with 2 children with disabilities on a single income, our family doesn't qualify for these benefits. There is a Children's Waiver Program that provides Medicaid to some disabled children, but fewer than 500 children in the state qualify for it, only the most severely disabled.
Michigan needs to do a better job giving support to families raising children with disabilities.
The families I know cannot find or afford child care for children whose needs are complex or who have serious behavioral issues. They are bogged down in medical expenses and copays, and paying out of pocket for costly incontinence supplies. Evidence shows that parents of children whose needs are complex often suffer health problems, PTSD and caregiver burnout, and families all to often break up under the pressure. We need additional support to give our families what they need and help our children succeed in the community and be productive members of society.
Please join with me to let the Michigan government know that they are behind other states in supporting families with special needs and ensuring that families stay together and strong. We need to provide Medicaid and SSI to all children with disabilities in Michigan.
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