By Kim Hynes (WICHITA, Kan.)
From transportation to house cleaning, state budget cuts are impacting the everyday lives of those with disabilities. January 1st, Kansas reduced Medicaid reimbursements by 10%. In Sedgwick County, that's worth almost $2 million. Now almost two months after the cuts went into effect, those using Medicaid waiver services are feeling the impact.
Every day an in home aide cooks lunch for Deborah Sanders. "Without her, I'm pretty much in a pickle," Sanders said. She has an autoimmune disease and depends on her aide to get through the day. She helps Sanders get dressed, bathe and cooks her meals. The aide also takes her to the doctor and cleans her house.
How much the aide gets done depends on how many hours Medicaid will pay her to work for Sanders. "Basically they are incapacitating us and it's just not right," she said. State budget cuts have cost Sanders four hours for transportation and cleaning. She gets about 52 hours a week over all.