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Disabled student wins battle vs. NJ Medicaid; won’t have to drop out of Georgetown



Lacey’s Anna Landre, a former Freehold Township H.S. valedictorian, wants a law to protect others in her situation. She has backers at the statehouse.

Anna Landre got the good news late last week: New Jersey’s Department of Human Services is backing off on cuts to her Medicaid plan that would have forced her to drop out of Georgetown University.

The Lacey resident and former Freehold Township High School valedictorian, who has a progressive muscle disease that requires the use of a motorized wheelchair, will continue to receive the assistance of a personal care aide 16 hours a day instead of a reduction to 10 as assessed by insurer Horizon NJ Health and the state’s Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services.

The difference would have forced Landre — who needs an aide to get in and out of bed, can’t use the bathroom and can’t receive the necessary respiratory protocol for her ailing lungs — to leave campus and return home to live with her mother. She has a 3.9 grade point average through two years at Georgetown and has landed an internship with the U.S. State Department this summer.

Read the full story from the Asbury Park Press