NC Advocates Sue For People With Disabilities

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina advocates for patients with developmental disabilities say more than 600 children and adults are losing critical Medicaid services because of how a managed care provider in the southern Piedmont is calculating levels of need.

Disability Rights North Carolina said Tuesday it and other groups filed a federal class action lawsuit for Medicaid consumers against Piedmont Behavioral Health Care and state Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier Cansler.

Piedmont Behavioral covers Rowan, Davidson, Stanly, Cabarrus and Union counties.

The lawsuit contends Piedmont Behavioral used hard-to-understand rules to reduce or eliminate services July 1 without giving patients a chance to challenge decisions. The advocates want services restored until changes are made.

A spokeswoman for Cansler said the department must be focused on appropriate levels of care when money is tight.

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  • by do something Location: could be anywhere on Jul 5, 2011 at 08:47 PM
    If this practice has done wrong then shame on them. But there are a lot of people out there who abuse the system. If they can be weeded out, then so be it. If these people truly need the services, then I hope they are restored. If they are bilking the system, shame on them. And don't tell me it doesn't happen. When the companies providng personal care services or community support beat down doors of Medicaid recipients to "sign them on", then they need to be looked at to make sure the services are truly needed. If a person will "act stupid" just to get an SSI check/Medicaid - they need to be called on the carpet. I know for a fact that happens too. That's my tax money there - and no, I don't drive a luxury car and am most definitely not a country club member.
  • by ty on Jul 5, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    That is right, throw the poor and disabled under the bus. Just don't mess with my BMW and Country Club membership or my taxes. Remember The Golden Rule; The one with the gold makes the rules.

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