Nathan doesn't "have to" have anything. There are several reasons that children with Down syndrome and other special needs apply for a waiver to be in the program. First, there is always a possibility that our private insurance company won't pay for a procedure or device Nathan may need - Medcaid will. Secondly, the program provides Nathan with opportunities we would otherwise have to pay out-of-pocket for. So, after some investigation and lots of paperwork - Nathan now is dually covered by our private insurance and the State. And, if I understand this correctly, we will no longer be responsible for any medical co-payments, which is a nice little bonus - they add up.
On another note, Nathan is standing up on every thing these days! I couldn't be happier. He stands in his crib, on his toys and today, he even pulled himself up onto the bathtub! We are one step closer to walking! Something we've been practicing a lot these days.
Nathan's new speech therapist begins on Monday - keep your fingers crossed!
Have a nice weekend.