The state has settled a longstanding lawsuit over personal care services, agreeing to make sure eligibility is the same whether a person lives at home or in an institution.
The settlement, which a federal District Court approved Friday, stems from a lawsuit filed nearly five years ago that challenged the state’s denial or termination of personal care services.
Medicaid pays for care workers to help people bathe, eat, get dressed and perform other activities of daily living. The lawsuit contended that the state Department of Health and Human Services made it harder for people living at home to qualify for personal care than it did for people living in adult care homes or other institutions.
“This case was important because the court held that the desire to save resources does not allow the state to require Medicaid recipients to enter institutions to receive the services they need,” Disability Rights North Carolina attorney John Rittelmeyer said in a statement.