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Disabled citizens march at Capitol

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

Jody Faltys says she's marching for disability rights, not wrongs.

Because some in-home health care providers plan to limit the hours they can give their clientele, in order to be reimbursed more money.

"We would have to choose between getting up and staying in our wheelchairs for 24 hours straight or laying in bed for 24 hours," she said.

Which could lead to other health problems down the road.

But after speaking with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, they say they're not making any changes.

Out of 78 Medicaid home health agencies, only two or three are looking to get a higher rate for in-home services.

HHS is not limiting the amount of services a person can receive, but some people are concerned that these regulations won't stay consistent.

"I'm someone's daughter, I'm someone's sister, I'm someone's best friend and I shouldn't be thought of as a dollar sign," Faltys said.

 A major concern is segregation from the outside world.

"These proposals could set independent living back to the stone ages," Faltys said.

HHS told Channel 8 Eyewitness news that they would help people find another home  health agency if necessary.

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