DHS rule change threatens disabled care

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ARChoices algorithm inspires state and federal lawsuits. Some 4,000 disabled and elderly Arkansans who rely on a Medicaid waiver program to receive in-home services have seen their benefits cut by the state Department of Human Services due to an unannounced rule change. The waiver provides attendant care, where someone helps a patient dress, bathe, eat and take medication. This in-home care allows elderly and disabled Medicaid recipients to avoid going to a nursing home for care. "You will continue to have the same services," Craig Cloud, director of the DHS' Division of Aging and Adult Services, had written in a letter sent to beneficiaries of two Medicaid waiver programs near the end of 2015 announcing their...

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