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Gabby Dollar, 31,  and her mother Shelly enjoy fresh air on porch their Atlanta home where Gabby now lives. Gabby, who was born with cerebral palsy and autism, can’t walk or speak but understands what others say.  She was living in her own home with 24/7 support but had to return to live with her parents when the Covid pandemic emerged and placed her at greater risk of infection. Today, they await the outcome of negotiations with Medicaid officials and state legislators, who are wrestling with proposed budget revisions that cut support for Gabby and 187 individuals with profound medical needs in the state. The budget cuts would reduce hours for her support staff to 6 hours per day, placing unmanageable burdens on families. The alternative is placing Gabby and others like her in back in skilled care facilities, which is in direct conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead Decision in 1999.

Gabby Dollar, 31, and her mother Shelly enjoy fresh air on porch their Atlanta home where Gabby now lives. Gabby, who was born with cerebral palsy and autism, can’t walk or speak but understands what others say. She was living in her own home with 24/7 support but had to return to live with her parents when the Covid pandemic emerged and placed her at greater risk of infection. Today, they await the outcome of negotiations with Medicaid officials and state legislators, who are wrestling with proposed budget revisions that cut support for Gabby and 187 individuals with profound medical needs in the state. The budget cuts would reduce hours for her support staff to 6 hours per day, placing unmanageable burdens on families. The alternative is placing Gabby and others like her in back in skilled care facilities, which is in direct conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead Decision in 1999.