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I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.

Another Budget Repair Bill Item

The budget repair bill is not just about State Workers:
 
Senate Bill 11 and Assembly Bill 11 - called the Budget Repair Bill was written to help balance Wisconsin’s current budget, but makes other changes which will have significant impact on persons with disabilities and their families.
 
Under this bill the power of consumers (individuals with a disability) and families to have input into how Medicaid Services are provided, including determining who is eligible and what services are provided, may be taken away or severely limited. Many of these decisions could happen mostly behind closed doors at the Department of Health Services with little legislative oversight. Potentially sweeping and far-reaching changes to Medicaid could be implemented in a matter of days.
 
Changes to eligibility without your input (or with very limited input) means people with disabilities and their families won’t be at the table when policymakers determine who needs Medicaid services like the Katie Beckett program, Children’s Long Term Supports Waivers, Family Care and IRIS.
 
Changes to benefits without your input (or with very limited input) means people with disabilities and their families won’t be at the table when policymakers determine what services are necessary to help you and your loved one have a good quality of life.
 
Being the father of a son with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism, this will have a very serious adverse affect on Tyler as well as the family.  These services allow individuals with disabilities to live a fulfilling life as they see fit, not as how others think they should live their lives.
 
I hope somebody can explain to me why there is such a rush to push this bill through without ample time to get peoples input.  I understand the financial issue.  But why rush through legislation without a good knowledge of the entire bill.  Is 30 days really going to make a difference?
 
 

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