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USA: Legal action against cuts to benefits for disabled people

Posted 09/7-11 at 21.50

Advocacy groups in North Carolina have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) over deep cuts in Medicaid benefits to people with learning difficulties

The lawsuit claims that the new system for allocating care will result in a reduction or complete elimination of Medicaid-covered services that people have been receiving for years.

Vicki Smith, the executive director of Disability Rights North Carolina, said that the new system, "... system uses vague, subjective, arbitrary and secret criteria and procedures for allocating Medicaid funds. Our clients have not been provided with proper written notice or given any right to a fair hearing to contest the new category to which they were assigned."

Lanier Cansler, secretary of the DHHS has said that the cuts are necessary to meet the spending reductions approved last month as part of the state budget.




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