Home and Community-Based Services

Congressmen urge steps to “Modernize Medicaid”

Monday, July 25, 2011In an op-ed published June 30 in The Hill, two members of Congress urged an increased effort to use Medicaid funding to ensure people with disabilities live in home and community based settings. “Our continued heavy reliance on outdated and…

Lawsuit filed to combat in-home services cuts in Tennessee

Monday, July 18, 2011
News from Tennessee
In a move lawmakers expect will save $10 million, Tennessee recently limited one-on-one nursing services to 12 hours a day and personal assistance services to 215 hours per month for individuals receiving Medicaid-funded services so they can…

Lawsuit targets “arbitrary” NC Medicaid changes

Monday, July 11, 2011
News from North Carolina
Disability Rights North Carolina filed a class action lawsuit July 1 against the state of North Carolina and one of its managed care contractors, the same day the contractor began using a new system to determine…

Settlement approved in Illinois institutionalization case

Monday, June 20, 2011
News from Illinois
Jumpstarting a potentially large-scale deinstitutionalization effort, a federal judge signed a landmark settlement Wednesday requiring the state of Illinois to create a six-year timetable to evaluate whether thousands of people with developmental disabilities are receiving appropriate community-based…

Closure plan for institution under fire

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
New Jersey
A plan by Gov. Chris Christie to close a New Jersey institution that houses 350 women with disabilities is meeting stiff resistance. Under the plan, residents of the Vineland Developmental Center would be transferred to community based housing…

Suit alleges wrongful Medicaid denials

Thursday, April 21, 2011The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania filed a class action lawsuit April 18 challenging the state’s handling of its Medicaid home and community-based waiver program for ensuring people with disabilities can live outside of institutions. The complaint, on behalf…

Obama Administration announces new deinstitutionalization services

Thursday, April 14, 2011
The White House in Washington D.C.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced new rules April 14 allowing states more flexibility when providing services for people with disabilities capable of living in their homes and communities, as opposed to…

Obama announces expansion of community living options

Thursday, February 24, 2011Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released February 22 the guidelines for states looking to receive part of a $3.7 billion fund for assisting people with disabilities transition out of institutional settings and the expansion of a current program…

Settlement filed in Illinois Olmstead case

Monday, February 14, 2011A five and a half year legal battle regarding Illinois’ system for transferring people with disabilities from institutional to community settings may be coming to a climax. On January 11, Equip for Equality announced a settlement with state officials, filed…

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