Olmstead Case Filed in Florida Regarding Kids in Nursing Homes
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Florida needlessly and illegally warehouses about 250 severely sick and disabled children in nursing homes rather than pay to help them live at home or in the community, families said in a lawsuit filed this week.
The denial of home nursing care and other services has left the children living for months or years in institutions even after doctors have cleared them to go home with their families, according to the suit, filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
A second group of families filed a separate suit saying about 3,300 at-risk children still living at home fear the lack of services by Florida Medicaid will force them into nursing homes in the future.