Lawsuit alleges discrimination in program for mentally retarded

MR/DD Waiver program has tough standards, long waiting list

By Scott Finn

Last year, state officials cut hundreds of seniors from a program designed to help them stay in their homes: the Aged and Disabled Waiver Program. That decision led to a public outcry and drew a lawsuit from the non-profit group Mountain State Justice. Later, Gov. Joe Manchin announced his administration would reverse course and restore the seniors cut from the program. 

Now, Mountain State Justice is suing the state again – this time over a program for the mentally retarded. The Medicaid MR/DD program is designed to help the mentally retarded live at home, instead of in hospitals and other institutions. But a new lawsuit alleges that the state is rejecting people who actually should qualify for help. Scott Finn reports.

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