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Black Girls and White Women (Part III)


A couple weeks ago, a new aide and the director of her agency sat in my living room for the first time and the director said the aide and I “needed to learn each other.” I agreed, but didn’t have … Continue reading

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Black Girls and White Women (Part I)


I only know one other person who is getting Medicaid home health aides and she is just as outraged as I am at how we get treated. She concurs with everything I say about aides being arrogant and bossy, and … Continue reading

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Aides to the Bible


Do you want the good news or the bad news first?  Let’s start with the bad news, get it over with, and move on. Tuesday the home health care agency sent Sonya, supposed to be here from 8:00 a.m. to … Continue reading

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The Happiness Broker


            This afternoon the Call-a-Bus driver was commenting on my shiny new electric powered wheelchair.  The undertone, of course, was that I didn’t need it and she shouldn’t have to pay for it through her taxes to Medicaid and Medicare.  … Continue reading

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R*E*S*P*E*C*T and the Aluminum Baseball Bat (Part II)


Crystal, the black woman who has been my aide, has embarrassed me in public several times.  On one occasion, we were going through the university and there were a bunch of kids spread across the sidewalk ahead of my wheelchair.  … Continue reading

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And the People say “HOO-RAH!” (Part III)


The Commissioner of Social Services verbally wanders around some more, and goes back to the fraud cases against home health aides that were identified, investigated and prosecuted.  He makes it sound like a substantial portion of the target group has … Continue reading

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And the People Say “HOO-RAH” (part II)


After I have set the stage with a few facts about the Medicaid Fraud Unit’s surveillance of us, the people with disabilities gathered around the table at Enable tell their stories: Judy tells a somewhat confused story about her aide, … Continue reading

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