Institutional costs are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement to states. Home services aren’t. I wrote awhile ago about activists pushing the Medicaid Community Attendant Services Act in Congress. That bill proposes that in-home services be covered by Medicaid – not just by a “waiver” program the state may, or may not, choose to offer. But this bill has gone nowhere.
Another villain, say activists, are the nurse practice acts in force today in most states. Toby Olson explains nurse practice act this way: “They carve out a range of activists and say, ‘if a person is going to do this for pay, it’s going to be a nurse.’ Period.” Olson heads Washington state’s Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.
A teenager who was paralysed from the neck down in a car accident has taken her first steps – despite being told she would never walk again.
Gemma Quinn, 19, from Woolton, Merseyside, suffered severe spinal injuries in a car accident 11 years ago.
She was told she would always be reliant on a Ventilator and a wheelchair.
Gemma said it felt “amazing” to be able to walk again.
The breathing muscles are supplied by nerves that emerge from the spinal cord in various locations, from the Cervical through the Lumbar levels. “Even the abdominal muscles are involved in breathing,” said Joshua O. Benditt, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary Division. Injury to the spinal cord at or above these levels therefore affects the ability to breathe. “The higher up the Lesion is, the more serious the effect on the breathing system. In fact, you can almost predict from the injury level the degree of breathing function a patient will have,” Benditt said.
An online magazine and community that offers to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers a place to connect and share experiences.
Small online commentary produced by, for and about people with disabilities. Covers news & current affairs, new products & technology, education, employm