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Texas parents who care for their disabled children full time will lose money after pay raise

Texas Medicaid caregivers’ wages were already near the poverty level. But parents whose sole income came from taking care of their disabled children have now lost their ability to work overtime hours.

Laurie Sharp talks with her daughter, Logan Sharp, in the living room of their Pflugerville home on Sep. 9. 2023. Logan's feeding tube runs in the foreground, which she requires to eat.

Laurie Sharp demonstrates the wheelchair ramp on her converted Chrysler Pacifica on Sep. 9, 2023. The van was converted for wheelchair access, a process which took several weeks and cost $30,000.
Kari and Laurie adjust Logan's position on a sling on Sep. 9, 2023.

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Deborah Joslin and her daughter Katie Joslin stand in front of their North Austin home. Katie, 33, has Down Syndrome and Lupus and requires round-the-clock care and attention.
Laurie tucks Logan into bed on Sep. 9, 2023, giving her a kiss on the forehead.

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