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Joe Casilis is with Southeast Kansas ADAPT. And he is also working thru the Working Healthy program. Working Healthy is a Medicaid funded program. It allows Kansans with disabilities to get back into the work force and be part of the community. Joe expressed, "It is a very great program and it helped me out a lot".
Joe explained a little about how you get into the program or how you interact and make that process to start. "Well, the first thing you do is you contact your SRS worker and tell them you are interested in the working healthy program and they can get you set up with the proper forms and things like that."
The process is not complex. The applicant looks into finding a job with someone who will participate in the program. If a person is interested in the Working Healthy program contact Joe at the Columbus SKIL office. (620)429-3600. "I’m there usually Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday."
Joe explained how the program benefited him, " It allowed me to get out into the work force. I didn’t feel like I had to sit at home. It allowed me to get back out into the work force keeping my social security benefits and all the Medicare and things like that that you are afraid to lose."
Some of the changes Joe has seen in his life include, "Oh, it has definitely raised my self confidence and myself worth a 100%. I feel a lot more useful in the community now and, yeah, it’s fantastic".
Shari Coatney and president and CEO of SKIL Resource Center also shared a brief comment about Southeast Kansas ADAPT .
Shari, "I wanted to just point out that SKIL supports Southeast Kansas ADAPT and all their efforts because they are really, truly the grass roots of all our role of advocacy and we support that day-to-day in our operations and it is very important. "My Medicaid Matters" is just one of the topics that they have taken on. I’m very proud of this crew and I’m very proud of what they have been able to do. I’m very proud SKIL can support them".
In addition to SEK-ADAPT Shari explained how this "My Medicaid Matters" affects SKIL. As well as some of the ways SKIL works with people with disabilities.
Shari, "Medicaid pays for the home and community based service waivers. And we have several of those programs that we work through SKIL. And it pays for the in home supports that people need, to get out of bed every day, to get their daily living activities done. And a lot of people just need some assistance with that. And some people need a lot of support. And those levels are always been individualized. Some of our fears are that individualization in those plan developments being taken away from people with Medicaid reform. I think that is a big piece of what SKIL does. And it certainly is the thing that is tangible that people can see. We also work with the WORK program. And that is a Medicaid program. And that program helps pay to help support people so they can be employed and they can make a difference. And that is physically proven to show that it reduces Medicaid cost and has great outcomes for people and obviously helps them to become a vital part of their community. And not just a recipient of services but also a participant in the community and doing good things and giving back by being employed and being active in their communities. So, that is another Medicaid program that we support."