Thursday, February 10, 2011

Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program for Special Needs Kids Winter Session

Therapeutic Equestrian Center
2010 Winter Riding Program
Therapeutic Equestrian Center
615 N. M-140, Watervliet, Michigan, 49098

2010 Winter Riding Program
TEC is Accepting Rider Applications for a Seven-Week Winter Session

Monday, February 7, 2011

Increasing Feeding Tube Awareness- February is Feeding Tube Awareness Month

Feeding Tube Awareness Week
by Traci Nagy

It started with Sesame Street.  My two and a half year old son, Lucas, and I watch Sesame Street most mornings.  Lucas has a rare chromosomal microdeletion that has caused him to have complete gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach), among other GI disorders and developmental delays.  He has been on a feeding tube nearly his entire life. 

Lucas at 8 months of age with Elmo


Friday, February 4, 2011

Federal Medicaid News

As states struggle to tackle soaring budget deficits, the nation’s top health official is offering advice on trimming Medicaid costs, but says cutting people with disabilities from the program is a no-no.

In a letter sent to governors across the country on Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered suggestions for Medicaid cost savings, pointing out that 40 percent of 2008 spending on the program covered benefits that are considered optional.

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Michigan Medicaid: Access to Adaptive Equipment Becoming More Difficult

I just got word today that Wright and Flippis will no longer be providing durable medical equipment for clients with straight Michigan Medicaid or Children's Special Healthcare Services. This is a huge hit to anyone with Michigan Medicaid especially handicapped kids.

This is my understanding of the Michigan Medicaid issues based on discussions with people from Mary Free Bed, University of Michigan and Wright and Flippis.