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Daycare losing ability to transport medically fragile children

SHARONVILLE, OH (FOX19) -- A daycare center, Max's House, is losing it's ability to transport medically fragile children to and from their homes.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the cost cannot be covered by Medicaid because federal guidelines do not allow it.

"We looked into it and unfortunately it is not. Federal guidelines do not allow us to spend Medicaid money to transport children to school or daycare," says Ben Johnson, spokesperson for DJFS.

Max's House says on most days of the week it is busy with 20 to 30 kids but now it has about two to three.

"Having them here at Max's House is an important part of [social interaction] so when that service ended, there was sadness, there was devastation of, 'What's going to happen to our kids?'', says Anny Busick, Director of Clinical Services for Max's House.

Tanea Green started taking her 2-year-old son, Mikael Sanders, to Max's House in March 2009.

Mikael has cerebral palsy and requires two people to transport him.

Green says Mikael's therapy has improved since attending Max's House because it gives him the ability to get out of the house and have a sense of independence.

After hearing about the lack of transportation Green says she is left at home and working less.

"More frustration just because although they are transporting a kid, it's a means for a parent to get more independent and get more financially stable for our kids," says Green.

Max's House says it is working to find alternate forms of funding to bring transportation services back as well as change the federal guidelines.

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