Sunday, April 10, 2005

Will Missouri Medicaid Cuts Prompt an Olmstead Suit?

See this article from today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The gist:

The Missouri House gave final approval Thursday to a sweeping measure that would eliminate government-paid health benefits for thousands of people living below the poverty line. The bill is on Gov. Matt Blunt's desk. He has said he will sign it.

When the changes take effect in August, elderly and disabled people with incomes that exceed the new cutoff - $579 a month - could lose their Medicaid coverage and be forced to move to nursing homes.

That could violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires states to make reasonable efforts to place disabled people in a community setting rather than an institution.

The Springfield News-Leader has a good article about the Missouri Medicaid cuts here.


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