Working 4 You: A Formula for Care, Finding a Solution

A new assessment system implemented by the state has cut hours unfairly

Investigative, Video (Arkansas)

Marci Manley
KARK4 (local NBC, Little Rock)
November 16, 2017

Tags: Disability Rights, Medicaid, Technology

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Arkansas (LAA) (Jonesboro, AR)


Annette Koonce is no stranger to loss. In 1985 her husband and daughter were killed by a drunk driver.

“I lost half my family in 24 hours,” she said. At 39 years old, she was a widow with a 16-year-old daughter, Deborah, who she would come to rely on. “Deb says that day was the end of her childhood.”

For years, Annette had managed to stay mobile and live an independent life with cerebral palsy using crutches. She had the condition since birth, but persevered. Graduating college, getting married, becoming a mother and traveling the world. But in 1996, she lost the use of her legs, her ability to work or care for herself.