A warrior mother
“I had a warrior mother.”
Brad Anderson wanted us to know why his recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury was “atypical”: His mother made all the difference.
“Now I just want to fight for other people to have the same opportunities that I had.”
Despite his best efforts, it sometimes feels like one step forward and two steps back. In 2015 he got every member of the state house and senate health committees to send a letter supporting expanded eligibility for TBI waivers—waivers help patients get home care—but then in 2016, DHHR cut the number of available waivers.
It’s Russian roulette, and it doesn’t just happen to TBI survivors. The state will expand eligibility, but then set a limit on the number of available waivers, knowing that dozens (or in some cases, hundreds) of people will qualify for the waiver…but stay forever on a waiting list. They’re counting on people dying.
The gold standard would be to get insurance companies and Medicaid to cover brain injury-specific, residential, community-based rehabilitation.
Brad is ready with his economic arguments—rehab helps people get back to work, Medicaid will provide some matching dollars, and it will create good jobs for caregivers. But mostly, we want to live in a state where every hurt person is treated as if they, too, have a warrior mother… and where people like Brad are writing our laws and deciding where the money goes.
See some of the plans to address these issues:
Platform Plan by people with disabilities