Parents of Disabled Children Engage in Disability Day on the Hill - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on Feb 18, 2019

Advocates and parents of disabled children met with Tennessee lawmakers on Feb. 12 to address concerns and request additional resources, The Tennessean reports. The event, dubbed Disability Day on the Hill, is intended to draw attention to problems facing these families in an effort to create a pathway to Medicaid for all children with long-term, debilitating disabilities. The group communicated concerns regarding access to TennCare for disabled children with intensive medical needs who may not qualify because of salary restrictions on parents, maintaining that even when most costs might be covered, high deductibles copays and other out-of-pocket expenses can be overwhelming. Members of the General Assembly pledged support for this initiative, with Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin, saying he plans to submit legislation intended to address these concerns in the coming weeks.