Lawrence resident Bob Kania, left, plays a Wii bowling game with Chris Frost, one of his six personal assistants who are paid by Medicaid. Frost does everything from cooking and cleaning to wound care and transfers. Kania said he depends on Frost with his life. That life-saving care was put into jeopardy when Gov. Mark Parkinson cut the Medicaid reimbursement rate by 10 percent on Jan. 1. Communityworksinc., the agency that assists Kania with his care, was forced to cut $800,000 from its budget.
Chris Frost, left, folds laundry for Lawrence resident Bob Kania, a paraplegic. Frost is a personal assistant who was hired by Kania, but gets paid by Medicaid. The recent state budget cuts put Kania's home care in jeopardy. His case manager had to file an extensive report that justified his need for more than 10 hours of care per day.
Lawrence resident Bob Kania gets a visit from Rondi Erickson, his case manager who is employed by communityworksinc. They were discussing topics ranging from Medicaid to Johnny Cash. Due to the recent Medicaid cuts, Erickson's wages and benefits were cut. She also had to file an extensive report in January that justified why Kania needs more than 10 hours of care per day. So far, the state is paying for his care.