Greenville Company Asks State Lawmakers Not To Cut Medicaid Funds

By: Natalie.Kaplan@witn.com
By: Natalie.Kaplan@witn.com

Employees of Tri-Therapy East, Inc. in Greenville met Friday afternoon to figure out a game plan, one they hope will stop North Carolina Lawmakers from making some huge Medicaid cuts.

Tri-Therapy owner Leslie Measamer says, “The 6% we can survive, these 80% talks that we keep hearing of we will not be able to survive and that could stop those services.”

Tri-Therapy is a small business that provides services for children with special needs like speech problems and also helps autistic children develop their behavioral skills.

“They are running and pointing to communicate and they can't tell their parents if they are hot, cold, tired. We go in and teach those kids signs and gestures and try and increase their verbal communication. Something we take for granted but is essential for them.”

Since many of Tri-Therapy's patients are on Medicaid, a lack in funding would decrease services, plus take a toll on the local economy. There are approximately 5,600 speech therapists in North Carolina right now, Tri-Therapy owners tell WITN those therapists and their tax dollars would go elsewhere.

So now, employees are trying to rally up support.

Measamer says, “This is a proposed budget, has not been approved, this is a chance to pick up the phone, call your representatives, call your legislators and speak for these children who can't speak for themselves.

The proposed health and human services budget is now being considered by a group known as “The Big Chairs” made up of seven house appropriations chairmen in Raleigh. Their contact information is listed below:

Alma.Adams@ncleg.net (Guilford) 1-919-733-5902
Martha.Alexander@ncleg.net (Mecklenburg) 1-919-733-5807
Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net (Granville/Vance) 1-919-733-5824
Phillip.Haire@ncleg.et (Haywood/Jackson/Macon/Swain) 1-919-715-3005
Maggie.Jeffus@ncleg (Guilford) 1-919-733-5191
Joe.Tolson@ncleg.net (Edgecombe/Wilson) 1-919-715-3024
Douglas.Yongue@ncleg.net (Hoke/Robeson/Scotland) 1-919-733-5821

WITN did try and get in contact with the seven listed above but was unable to get a hold of any of them.


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  • by to Kat Location: from Mom on Jun 12, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    Kat, I had insurance on my children and myself until I had to quit my job. Not because I wanted other people to pay for my child. I can't imagine not taking care of my son reguardless !!!!!!! My motto....By any means necessary!!!! Yes, I did bring my children into this world and took care of them until I was no longer able to work and provide insurance. Like I said earlier, I hope you never have to experience this! I hope you never have to hear a doctor tell you that your child is on life support and that you need to call your family in because his chances of living through the night are slim. You are selfish if you do not care about children and I will say a special prayer for you tonight that GOD will have mercy on your soul. Remember, we are all GODs children.
  • by Kat on Jun 12, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    I didn't say services shouldn't be available and probably would, just that taxpayers should not have to support it. It is a charity and should stay as such. When charities become required by law it is wrong. Plain and simple. The country is broke, the people are broke. We cannot keep increasing taxes on everything without sooner or later putting everyone living in boxes. Sorry but if certain programs that should be considered charity not required get cut. I have no problem with that. You brought that child into the world, you should take care of it. End of story. I should not have to take care of other people's children no matter what. Oh but hey you never thought about the fact that if there weren't taxes you might actually be able to take care of that child all on your own as it should be. You just think hey let's raise taxes so these programs don't get cut, not caring who you hurt in the process of it. So forgive me for not caring about your child.
  • by TO KAT Location: from MOM on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    Have you lost your mind!!!! Have you had a child who has a development delay? I have and if it was not for Medicaid and their services (Speech/OT/PT) my son would not be able to communicate. Do not even suggest that I must be someone who won't work because I have worked since I was 13 yrs old (I am 39 now) and have paid my taxes. I did not ask for my son to have a language/speech delay. I used to feel the same way you did, but then realized that children do not ask for this. I hope you never have to experience what I have over the last 3 years. Its not about being greedy, children do not know that meaning, it is about taking care of our children and providing them with the resources that they NEED in order to live in society as normal as possible. If that means that I as a mother have to be greedy, then I will definately be GREEDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Kat on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    I say cut it. WE meaning everyone cannot afford to keep taking care of everyone else in the world. When we struggle just to support ourselves because the needy and greedy think it is their right to steal our hard earned money it's past being right. Why should the middle class be made poor for everyone else? If you want to help the needy people so much then give to a charity that supports them, but I should not have to support them with hard earned money that I should get to see but never do.
  • by Just Me Location: Greenville on Jun 10, 2009 at 09:04 PM
    Look people the government can,t run Medicaid , now they want to run all of our health care. People we need to stop just posting here on the board. We need to form a group and march to Raleigh. People we need to make a stand and do it now all of us Democrats, Republicans and the independants. Until we all come together, the lawmakers will keep spending and taxing us. The only way to stop them is to stand you and say...Hell, no more of this , we are feed up. What the lawmakers here and in Washington DC are doing to our country is just plan wrong. If we don,t stop them now, hard times are coming. Just remember the Jimmy Carter days ,
  • by Dee Location: ENC on Jun 10, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    While I don't think it's right to cut the funding to children who REALLY need it, I say cut off the lazy folks who sit at home on their butts all day and get Medicaid because they are to lazy to work. It essentially comes down to the fact that 85% of those on Medicaid are on welfare as well. I see it everyday where I work. There is nothing wrong with these folks. They just don't want to work and have found a way to get "paid" for sitting on their butts. If you cut them off, and yes, you'd be able to figure out who they are, then these kids and elderly wouldn't have to worry about medical care and medications.
  • by Sandra Location: Beaufort on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    WITH MY JOB IN EDUCATION AND SPECIAL AREA EC I THINK YOU NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT TAKING AWAY FUNDING FOR THESE CHILDREN. AiF YOU NEGELECT THESE CHILDREN NOW YOU WILL PAY FROM THEM LATER ON IN LIFE.
  • by Carol Location: Winteville on Jun 10, 2009 at 07:15 AM
    Has anyone in NC looked into wasteful Gov.'t spending as a means of trimming back our state budget? It is SO WRONG to take money away from innocent children who depend on it just to live. There have to be other ways of dealing with this budget crisis.
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Greenville on Jun 10, 2009 at 05:24 AM
    Life presents with many challenges. One of my most significant challenges has been raising my severely developmentally disabled son. Over the years I have worked, paid taxes, obtained health insurance...in other words have done all the right things. However, the cost of his care, his need of significant supports, and the nature of his disability requires help through Federal & State Funding. Without the programs supported by Medicaid he would not be able to live in the community. This is the sad truth. As such, I must be in support of increased taxes if that is the only way my son and his peers can survive in the community - - and not reside in an institution. If this is selfish I apologize. To those that are blessed with a healthy family. Say a prayer of thanks every night.
  • by Judy Location: Greenville on Jun 10, 2009 at 05:00 AM
    You can't balance a budget at the cost of children. It just isn't right. These children need help that they wouldn't be able to get otherwise. Getting these children help will benefit everyone in the long run.
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