ETX family granted extension, still fighting to keep Medicaid

ETX Family still fighting to keep Medicaid

GLADEWATER - Three-year-old Asa has multiple health issued, including a hole in his heart and shaken baby syndrome. His adoptive parents said they were promised full Medicaid coverage until he turned 18. 

On December 1, they were at risk of losing it all, but they were given a two month extension on Asa's therapy visits. 

After February, they may be on their own. 

"We can love him. We can give him a home. We can give him a good life. But we cannot afford the medical. We can't do it, and we were told we wouldn't have to," said Charity Robinson.

She and her husband adopted Asa nearly a year and a half ago. 

His twin brother, Boston, doesn't have the same medical conditions, but Robinson did not want them to be separated. 

"We signed up to adopt a child who we knew was going to have lifelong issues. We signed up for this hardship based on something that is now a lie," she said. 

The family was promised full coverage by Child Protective Services at the time of the adoption. On September 1, that all changed. 

Robinson received a two month extension on her therapy coverage, giving them time to find alternatives.

She's drawing a blank. 

Trying to keep their minds off of what could be, Charity said these changes will impact other children searching for their forever homes.

"They could've been spending Christmas in their forever home, with the people that love them. And now those people are reluctant to give them a forever home, because they're scared they're not going to be able to follow up on their medical needs," she said. 

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission issued a statement to CBS19. In part, it reads: 

"...Medicaid coverage depends on each family’s specific situation. For foster parents who may have questions, they should contact their CPS caseworker. If adoptive parents are still getting adoption assistance from CPS, they can contact CPS for questions."

 

 

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