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10 News helps Lutz woman get some help for disabled son
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10 News helps Lutz woman get some help for disabled son

LUTZ, Fla. - 10 News has helped a Bay Area woman get some help for her disabled son, who suffers from cerebral palsy and is legally blind.

The mother, Erica Robinson, reached out to us because her son's disability benefits had ended. She says a few months ago she got a new job and started making more money. That made her ineligible for the benefits.

Robinson says she applied to another state program, but they don't cover all of her son's needs, which includes diapers and nursing care. Her health insurance through her employer doesn't cover that as well.

The mother says if she can't get nursing care for her son, she can't work. Robinson feels she is being punished for trying to be more self- sufficient.

We brought the situation to the attention of DCF officials, who extended Medicaid coverage for Robinson's son throughout the rest of August.

Officials say the transitional Medicaid is typically done in circumstances like this. They add DCF is usually automatically alerted in situations like Robinson's, but they say she fell through the cracks. Officials are working with Robinson to see what type of benefits she can receive that would include nursing care for her son.

Robinson said she does feel a bit relieved that at least she can get supplies and care for him through August.  She is hopeful that things will work out and she won't have to quit her job to care for her son.

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