Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Invaluable Medicaid

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Invaluable Medicaid

Article excerpt

Regarding "Families Brace for Safety Net Cut" (May 21):

As a social worker, I have worked with individuals with various disabilities and their families for more than 20 years and have seen the importance of Medicaid dollars to the well-being of children and families.

For those children and young adults between the ages of 3 and 21 who are in school, IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act passed in 1975) ensures that they will receive an appropriate education. Very often that will include a need for one or more therapies (speech, occupational, physical, behavioral) and/or individual aides or nursing care so that the person can learn to his or her best ability. Medicaid pays for many of these services. Most school districts could not manage to provide these services without drastically cutting other programs. …

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