Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal

Lawsuit takes aim at Medicaid-program changes that reduce access to home care for elderly

Health-care providers on Wednesday lambasted state changes to a Medicaid program that make it harder for patients, particularly the elderly, to get in-home care for such everyday activities as eating, bathing and going to the bathroom.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Suit seeks to stop cuts in home care for disabled people

Advocates for people with disabilities have filed a federal class-action lawsuit seeking to block the state from cutting in-home care services to 4,000 low-income individuals who need extensive assistance to remain at home and out of an institution.

News Record (Elizabeth, N.J.)

Community Access Unlimited Applauds State Plan For Stipends For People With Disabilities

The members and staff of Community Access Unlimited applauded a state plan to provide people with disabilities and/or their families an annual stipend to help pay for the cost of providing services. New Jersey has proposed the $10,000 to $15,000 stipend in light of the state’s inability to provide people with disabilities sufficient access to community living, as required by law.

The (Fredericksburg, Va.) Free Lance-Star

Community care urged for the disabled

Charles Cooper had never heard of Down syndrome in 1958, when his 2-week-old son was diagnosed with the disability.

Cooper trusted the doctor when he said his son would do best in an institution. So Cooper went to a Fredericksburg judge and signed commitment papers.

But then he visited some of the training centers. And Cooper decided that his son deserved better.

Georgia Public Broadcasting

Feds Settle with Ga. Over Mentally Ill Residents

The Justice Department has reached an agreement with Georgia over a long-running case involving what critics say is the unlawful segregation of residents with mental illness and developmental disabilities in state psychiatric hospitals.