Judge blocks NC personal care service rules

AP News
Posted: Dec 08, 2011 3:06 PM
Judge blocks NC personal care service rules

A federal judge has blocked North Carolina's Medicaid office from implementing rules for personal care services that a lawsuit contends has led more than 2,400 people to lose paid assistance at home for things like cooking, bathing and dressing.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle issued a preliminary injunction preventing a new policy based on a 2010 state law from being carried out while it's being challenged in a lawsuit. The people who sued argue the new restrictions treat people living at home differently from those receiving similar services in adult care homes.

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Disability Rights North Carolina said the ruling filed Thursday hopefully will force the state to set better policies to help people continue living at home.

A spokesman for the state Medicaid office says it's reviewing the ruling.