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I don’t know what are acceptable casualty rates for children and I don’t know how legislators make decisions on budget cuts.

I do know that funding cuts to targeted case management for children and youth with special health care needs will result in infants and children dying.

Case management for these children is a bit of a misnomer. It is the safety net for the littlest Montana children living in high-risk, medically challenged, resource-deprived, stressed-out families. It is getting children and families what they need in time to make a difference.

I wish I could tell you these children vote, but they do not. I wish I could tell you philanthropists will step in and save these children, but you can’t put your name on the life of a child.

Montana has a Fetal Infant Child Mortality Review system to review every child death.

I can tell you three final truths:

Most deaths are preventable.

Children seldom die when they get case management for children and youth with special health care needs.

I cannot think of a single program that is more important than saving the lives of children.

Doug Andersen,

Billings

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