Tulsa woman claims DHS cuts are her death sentence

Posted at 9:07 PM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 13:22:52-05

TULSA - More Oklahomans are weighing their options after learning about life-changing DHS cuts. 

“Your participation in the ADvantage Waiver will be funded until November 30 2017.”

This Tulsa woman received a letter on Friday. 

“There’s no right to appeal.”

It wasn't even addressed to her. 

“I couldn’t believe it.”

But it sealed her fate. 

“It’s a very bleak future I have now if I don’t continue with the ADvantage Program.”

2 Works for You promised to conceal her identity since she said none of her friends or even family know she survives off of government assistance. 

“I’m a quadriplegic and they provide for me to have an aide come out in the mornings and helps get me up with a lift into my shower chair.”

Bound to her bed, everything she needs is an arm's reach, even her bag of pills that doesn't cover it all. 

“If I don’t have the program then I would be put in a nursing home.”

Right now, the ADvantage Waiver pays for her in-home care. 

She said if she goes to a nursing home, she knows she'll die there. 

She expects to lose her home, and then her life. 

“It’s terrifying.”

Now, with the mobility she does have she writes down the numbers to call legislators. 

“On my advantage program and everywhere else I’ve got a number, and that's what I am. I’m a number.”

Begging them to reconsider. 

“I don’t like being just a number.”

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