WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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(Medicaid) program. The waiver benefits children with severe special needs whose families are over the income level for MassHealth eligibil- ity but require the same level of ongoing nursing and medical needs as a child living in a pediatric nursing home or hospital. LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST: agetare vitam ad plenissimam Rani and Sherin met in London in a pub in the summer of 1991, just hours after Rani returned from two weeks in India, her father's birth- place. After a few dates with Sherin, Rani decided to remain in the U.K. a little longer. A little longer turned into a full year packed with adven- tures to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, and France, until she was forced by her visa limits to return to the U.S. The well-traveled couple married in 1994. Over the first ten years of their marriage, they went to Indonesia, the Middle East, and all over people use healthcare. She received her doctorate when Ben was six weeks old and acknowledges that to keep her professional life in gear, she has spent many a late night writing grant proposals by her son's bedside in the hospital. "Heath care is a fundamental right, not a privilege, for every human being. It should never be linked to employment," asserts Rani, who was recently honored by the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service as the author of the Best Research Paper of 2017. "The debate in Congress about funding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to provide health coverage to low- income children is beyond me. Where have we gone wrong as nation? CHIP has historically had bipartisan support." As a federal employee working for the Veterans Health Administration, Rani appreciates that her family has the gold standard in health insur- ance. But even with their great coverage, they would be responsible for $30,000 a year in health-related expenses for Ben if it were not for the Kaileigh Mulligan waiver through the Commonwealth's MassHealth "Heath care is a fundamental right, not a privilege, for every human being." – Rani Elwy P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F T H E E L W Y F A M I L Y left: Ben and Charlotte Elwy and friend Sarah Chung (left), visiting from Michigan, volunteer at Cradles to Crayons in August, 2017. middle: Lucy Elwy receives the President's Volunteer Service Award. right: Ben Elwy with family and Marty Walsh at the MLK Day of Service in January, 2017. 90 Where Gratitude and Optimism Prevail W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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