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Republican Presidential contender, Rick Santorum, is calling for an end to public education.
Can I hear a sigh? (and I'd be ever so grateful, if you're a Republican, if you'd tell me, why, why does your party stand for this man?)
Republican Presidential contender, Rick Santorum, is calling for an end to prenatal testing, using the religious/anti-abortion defense.
Can I hear an exhalation? (see parenthetical statement above)
The state of California is debating whether to help balance the budget on the backs of the ultimate money grubbers: children with special healthcare needs.
Can I hear some irony, disgust and despair?
Here's a bit of information about the last thing on my list. If you want to express your own irony, disgust and despair, click on the link and sign the petition.
Can I hear another sigh?
The Medical Therapy Program (MTP) is a special program within California Children's Services that provides physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) and medical therapy conference (MTC) services for children who have handicapping conditions, generally due to neurological or musculoskeletal disorders.Currently, children in California with one of these qualifying medical conditions qualify for services regardless of their financial status.
Cerebral Palsy, Spina bifida, Muscular dystrophy, Rheumatoid arthritis, Spinal cord injuries, Arthrogryposis, Osteogenesis imperfecta, Head injuries.
The California state budget proposes to align income eligibility requirements for Medical Therapy Program with the broader California Children's Services (CCS) Program. Currently, there is no financial test for eligibility. Under the proposed eligibility standards, families with annual income more than $40,000 or with annual CCS related medical expenses less than 20% of their annual income would not be eligible.
This means, a family with two working parents who make minimum wage make too much money and are no longer eligible for medial therapy services. They would be responsible for finding these services and paying for these services for their children. This is a huge financial burden for any family, especially families with children who have special needs. A family with good medical insurance would still have to pay $200-500 per month on therapy. And, the therapy sessions would have a maximum number of visits, which is usually around half of the time the child needs. A family without medical coverage would likely not be able to afford services at all.
The Medical Therapy Program provides necessary physical and occupational therapy for children with medical conditions that effect their day to day life.
I urge you to go here and read these thoughts about disability and government. I could never say it so well.