Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy 6th Birthday Josiah!

Dear Josiah,

You look older today all of a sudden now that you are 6! We have some good memories of this past year. Going to the beach, the cabin and spending time with family. You have learned so much this year too! You are reading and counting to 100. We are so proud of you! Abby and Levi love you too and are blessed to have you for a big brother.

Happy Birthday sweetie!

Dad and Mom

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A HUGE Praise!

"Praise the Lord.  Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise?"

Psalm 106:1-2

The past several weeks have been stressful on many, many levels.  The loss of our sweet loved one, Abby's seizure crisis, traveling, adoption process discouragements (explain later) and a new one that slapped us in the face last weekend.

When Abby was about 2 years old she was excepted into a Medicaid waiver program due to the extent of her special needs.  We have been INCREDIBLY grateful for the services provided to our family through this program.  Without Medicaid, we could easily be in financial trouble over the past 6 years!  For those who care for and love children with special needs know how many doctors appointments, medications, procedures, specialists, supplies, treatments and medical equipment are required on a regular basis.

To give an idea, you know those BCBS (or whatever health insurance you have) claims notices you get in the mail after a doctor's appointment, telling you what they charged and how much you owe?  We get about 3 such letters in the mail Daily!  No joke.

For an ER visit and ICU stay, you can imagine how many folks want to be paid!  You get billed for the room, the staff, the docs, the meds, the oxygen, the IV equipment, the fluids and pillow case... you get the point.  Add on top of that a convenient ride in the ambulance to said ER, you don't even want to know what it all adds up to.

Anyway, we received a letter in the mail Saturday informing us that Abby's medicaid would be Terminated as of March 1st!  After hyperventilating a few moments we figured out it was probably because the annual paper work required from us was late in getting to their office for her redetermination.  Seeing as how we haven't been home much over this past month it was my oversight.

We talked with the Medicaid people and tried to plead our case... no sympathy there.

I contacted our social workers to let them know what had happened and to see if they could help!  It looked like all of Abby's services including respite care, diapers and Medicaid health insurance would all come to a screeching halt today.  We decided to dig deep into our pockets to prepare for the medication, doctor appt, monthly feeding supplies and therapy co-pays.

Until today.  I got a call from one of her medication supply companies saying that if Medicaid doesn't cover their part we will have a $600 co-pay!  Monthly.  All morning I felt panicked.  I knew only the Lord could deliver us out of this mess!

Many, many prayers and frantic phone calls later I talked to a wonderful Medicaid social worker at Children's who patiently listened to my story and looked us up on her computer.  She double checked the socials and told me that someone took action yesterday and reinstated Abigail's Medicaid coverage!!!

Praise the Lord!  I don't remember the last time I have actually wept for JOY!  (well, aside from babies being born)

He is faithful and His love truly does endure forever.  He didn't have to deliver us from our mistake but He knows Abby's needs and He cares for us.

I am in awe.