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Medicaid Cuts Begin 1st of February

February 1, 2011
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Starting today many Medicaid benefits offered to the disabled in South Carolina will be reduced or done away with entirely.

Children and adults under the age of 21 will see the following changes take place:

  • Wheelchair accessories that aren’t medically necessary
  • Prior to 2/1 there was no cap on private Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy. Now those therapies will be capped at 75 visits per year.
  • Power wheelchairs will be replaced every 7 years instead of every 5
  • Routine newborn circumcisions will be eliminated

Adults over the age of 21 will notice the following:

  • Discontinuation of podiatry, dental, vision, Insulin Pumps for Type II diabetics, Syvek patch and wheelchair acccessories that aren’t medically necessary
  • Power wheelchairs replaced every 7 years instead of every 5
  • Reduction in diabetic shoes and inserts, home health visits from 75 to 50, chiropractic services, behavioral health visits (from unlimited to 12 per year)
  • and pharmacy overrides.

An army of parents and caregivers have launched letter writing media blitz in an effort to provide lawmakers a face for the services they are about to cut.  Several families have gone on television to make their cases.

We will publish some of their stories here as well. What messages do you have for the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs? 

Also at a time when services are being cut, the governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, and others are asking for a repeal of so-called “Obamacare“.  What do you think of politicians working to repeal Healthcare reform at a time when so many people are being impacted negatively due to Healthcare cuts?

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