My name is Cheryl Sevier and I’m an in-home care provider in El Cajon, CA. I took care of my grandmother for the last five months of her life, and I’ve taken care of my current client, Betty, for nearly ten years.
Betty is developmentally disabled and has grand mal seizures. In most situations, I am her mom, brother, sister, daughter, granddaughter. She doesn’t have anyone else to look after her, and we consider each other family. She calls me ‘Mom’ even though she is 54 and I am 51.
IHSS is the Medicaid-funded home care program here In California. If there are cuts to Medicaid there will be cuts to our program. I’d have to cut grocery shopping and clothing shopping and Betty’s daily time out of the house. She needs to be outside or she gets depressed. She’s also a wanderer. She needs to be supervised. Cuts to IHSS wouldn’t be good for her safety.
I normally go to Betty’s house four days a week and sometimes on the weekends. But the last time IHSS was cut, I could only go to her house two days a week and she ended up going to the hospital two times while I wasn’t there.
Before I came along Betty was living in boarding care – now she’s living independently with my help. But I’m afraid of what will happen to Betty if IHSS gets cut again or goes away. Please don’t cut Medicaid or IHSS!
Cheryl Sevier is a constituent of Congressman Duncan Hunter, who voted to repeal our health care and cut Medicaid by at least $880 billion dollars.