Monday, May 27, 2013

AP: Severely Disabled Litigants Want Judge to Force Medicaid Rollback

Posted By on Mon, May 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Representatives for a group of 13 severely disabled Idahoans say they're prepared to convince a federal judge to force the State of Idaho to roll back Medicaid funding to 2011 levels.

The Associated Press reports that the 13 sued Idaho in 2012 after Medicaid funding was slashed by the Idaho Legislature. The litigants want the judge to force the rollback to 2011 while the lawsuit still makes it way through the courts.

The class action would be on behalf of nearly 3,600 people who receive care through the Developmentally Disabled Medicaid Waiver program.

The AP's Rebecca Boone reports that the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare estimates that the restoration to 2011 levels could cost roughly $3.1 million.

Plaintiffs contend the state dramatically cut the Medicaid budget without ample warning or a fair appeal process.

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