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Missouri Sued for Denying Disabled Children Full Medicaid Service

(Farmington) A new federal lawsuit says Missouri is denying severely disabled children full access to in-home care services, leading to unnecessary and more expensive placements in institutions.

The lawsuit was filed this week on behalf of nine children and teenagers with medically complex health problems who are enrolled in Medicaid.

The lawsuit says although the children have been approved for intensive in-home nursing care, the State is failing to arrange for the care or make sure the services are available as required by federal law.

The families want the court to declare the state’s practices as unlawful and require the State to provide relief to them.

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