SACRAMENTO — Sen. Edward Royce (R-Anaheim) has introduced legislation designed to ensure that a chronically ill Yorba Linda girl will continue to receive funding for her medical care even if she is adopted by her foster parents.
Brianna Bird, 4, who was born three months prematurely and has suffered from numerous ailments ever since, is eligible to have her $25,000-a-month medical bills paid by the government. That figure covers private nursing care, equipment, medication, food and speech therapy.
But if her foster parents, Tim and Leslie Bird, adopt her, Brianna would no longer be a ward of the county and would thus lose her eligibility for government assistance.
'Removes Red Tape'
Royce's bill would change the law to allow the state to pay the cost of adopted children's medical care for ailments that existed at the time of adoption.