I admit it, if it weren’t for having two kids with autism this probable Minnesota government shut-down probably wouldn’t even be on my radar. I guess I’d figure that eventually things would get worked out and go back to normal and we’d all survive just fine.
But I DO have kids with autism and we are in the process of applying for TEFRA (MA) which is medical assistance for Minnesota families that don’t qualify for MA because their income is too high. Which is basically everyone with an income at all. TEFRA helps to cover the things that our insurance does not. Like co-pays for the extra therapies the boys need. I don’t know about you but I don’t have hundreds of dollars for co-pays each week just laying around so that my kids can get speech and OT every other day.
So, thankfully we’re just in the application process and even if it takes extra time, we won’t be having services discontinued because TEFRA isn’t being paid to service providers during the shut-down. But, this is the reality a lot of families are facing right now. Many families are going to struggle during this time and many kids may go without services they need because of it. And we’re not just talking about kids with autism, we’re talking about kids with disabilities across the board.
This seems like an essential service when it comes down to the health and well-being of kids. This seems more important than being able to get a fishing license or camp at a State Park.
Let’s hope our lawmakers can come up with a plan.