The Morning Sun
I would like to thank one of our local legislators that have the courage to speak up about the truth of the reality facing Kansas and its citizens. Our legislators need to be frank with the voters and look at avenues to address the shortfalls that we are facing as a state. It is an election year and many legislators are afraid to mention taxes, but we as citizens must face the facts that we must pay for the essential services, continued cuts are not the answer.
Rep. Menghini has a vision for the state that is in the long-term interest of Kansas. She is a strong proponent of public K-12 education, PSU, and SKIL services to southeast Kansas. Julie understands that it is more cost effective to keep the disabled and elderly, independent in their own homes where they are contributing to the local economy. Also, she is working to help resolve the cuts to Medicaid funding that have 1800 people on the waiting list for the Physical Disability waiver and 4,000 people on the DD waiver. While this is bad enough, 58 people have died while they were waiting to receive services for the PD waiver.
I admire Rep. Menghini for taking a hard stand and talking about what needs to be done to put our state back on track. She is a true champion for the citizens of southeast Kansas and deserves our support and thanks for her leadership in this difficult time.
Lou Ann Colyer
Simply Shari 2-10-2010
Is fifty-eight greater than fifty-eight hundred?
I see the waiting list growing and the number of people that are in need of the basics of life. But today I am focused not only on the 5800 people who are waiting but the 58 people in Kansas that have Died While Waiting for funding of basic in home supports.
I ask, “What is becoming of our state?” People all over are asking the same question. Do our leaders realize how much it is costing to not support those that are most vulnerable?
As I share this information it appears there is an ever increasing sense of tension building. SKIL works with people from all corners of the state they are asking, “What can we do to help? How can we show the people in power that this is a burden much greater than a 1% sales tax? This is a level that is not acceptable.
When people will chose to stay in their own home without supports rather than have their dignity and relationships stripped from them in an institution it says a lot about how important these things are to our very being.
I know they are that important to me. I am Simply Shari and I can live with that.Click here to comment
300 protest state cuts in disability services
BY RICK PLUMLEE
You can almost hear the weariness in their voices as Pat and Aldona Carney tell their story.
The youngest of their five children, 15-year-old Brian, has severe autism.
He also has pica, a medical disorder characterized by an appetite for inedible things. He has eaten insulation, charcoal briquettes and parts of mattresses.
Brian has tried to eat light bulbs. When he got a tooth caught while biting the carpet, he yanked the tooth out by its roots.
"He's a 24-7, one-on-one child," Aldona Carney said. "He's up at 3 in the morning a lot of times. Either Pat or I are up a little bit later, because he's tearing things up if we're not.
"We love him, he's ours. We want him in our house, but we also know we need help."
in federal funds and are taking a mounting personal toll on the state’s most vulnerable residents and their families.
February 15, 2010
Every individual or group that depends on state funds is hurting right now, but when it comes to budget cuts that are penny-wise and pound-foolish, cuts in Medicaid reimbursement may take the cake.
In a Friday news conference, members of the Big Tent Coalition, which represents the whole spectrum of Kansans receiving social services, pointed out some of the “mind-boggling” impacts that have resulted from Gov. Mark Parkinson’s 10 percent cut in Medicaid reimbursements — impacts that will only get worse if cuts are maintained or increased.
One mother said the cuts have reduced wages for the caregiver for her 36-year-old daughter who has severe disabilities. Without the caregiver, the woman said, she would be unable to both keep her daughter at home and continue to hold down a job. In this case, Medicaid cuts would lead to another unemployment statistic or another person in a nursing home.