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The Tennessean (Dec. 7, 2018) — Sometimes it takes telling the stories of the most vulnerable among us, such as 1-year-old Adelaide Kauffman, to move the needle on critical issues.

Adelaide was born with debilitating spinal muscular atrophy, and her condition has caused great hardship for her family, who lives in Cheatham County.

As USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee columnist Jessica Bliss recently wrote, the infant needs care all the time and her middle-class family makes too much money to get any assistance or relief from the state.

That is principally because Tennessee is among the few states that have not adopted a federal provision to provide Medicaid services to severely disabled children who live at home.

Read the full story here.

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