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Medicaid Cuts Removes Funding for Some Yakima Disabled

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Families feel the day program for their disabled children is so important they will find a way to pay out of their own pockets. And it's thousands of dollars a month. Families feel the day program for their disabled children is so important they will find a way to pay out of their own pockets. And it's thousands of dollars a month.

YAKIMA, WA -- Families feel the day program for their disabled children is so important they will find a way to pay out of their own pockets. And it's thousands of dollars a month.

For Travis, a simple act like counting can prove to be both entertaining, and challenging. Travis was born with Down Syndrome and Autism but his parents love him just as much as their other children.

"He is sunshine," Travis' mother Melissa Suave said. "You know you can't have a bad day around him. He's just another child."

Travis has to be with his parents 24/7 for constant care. To get some help and a much needed break, Travis participates in the Adult Day Program at EnTrust Community Services. But new changes to Medicaid are making Travis' parents pay thousands of dollars per month to keep him in the program.

"They make errors and this is definitely an error," Travis' father Tom Suave said. "This program is working and needed."

Nearly half of the 15 people that participate in the adult care program will lose funding, part of over 900 statewide because of the change to Medicaid. EnTrust isn't giving up, they're asking the community for help.

"We really need the whole community to step up, gather around and help us solve this problem in the long term for these families," Tom Gaulke of EnTrust Community Services said.

The services helping the disabled learn critical life functions can cost thousands of dollars. They may be simple, but to those who need it, it means the difference between living, and enjoying life.

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